Kim Potter Trial Live Updates: Closing Arguments Begin Monday

Live Updates
  • The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter is winding down Monday as closing arguments from the prosecution and defense begin.

  • Potter, a 49-year-old white woman, is charged with first and second-degree manslaughter after she says she accidentally drew and fired her gun instead of her taser, killing Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop in April 2021.
  • During opening statements, the prosecution portrayed Potter as a veteran cop who was trained on how to use a taser. The defense argues that Potter made an error, saying "police officers are human beings."
  • Jurors saw body camera footage and police car dashboard video showing Potter threatening to shoot Wright with a Taser and the moment she fatally shot him with a gun.
  • The defense called witnesses to testify about Potter's "peaceful" and professional character.
  • Potter took the stand Friday. She got emotional several times when recounting the moments of the shooting and seeing body camera footage from the incident.
  • During the cross-examination, Potter broke down saying she was "so sorry" for shooting Wright and said she "never wanted to hurt anybody."
  • Jury instructions will also be given Monday before deliberation begins.

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Brooklyn Center schools extend winter break ahead of Kim Potter verdict

Brooklyn Center schools are extending winter break in anticipation of the verdict in the Kim Potter trial.

Winter break begins December 20 and will last through January 3.

"This decision was made in anticipation of the conclusion of the Potter trial," the school district said in a statement. "While we do not know what the outcome of the trial will be, we believe that extending winter break will allow the district and families to avoid any challenges that may arise within our community as a result of the verdict."

The defense has rest their case, jury instruction arguments to follow

The defense team rested their case Friday afternoon in the trial of former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter, who faces manslaughter charges for fatally shooting Daunte Wright in April.

There were no rebuttal witnesses from the defense or the prosecution.

Jury instruction arguments will be held today.

Potter breaks down on the stand: 'I'm sorry it happened'

Kim Potter broke down again when the prosecution asked her about the shooting during the cross-examination.

Potter said she didn't remember what she did or said following the incident because she "was distraught."

"I had just shot somebody," Potter said. "I've never done that before."

Prosecutor Erin Eldridge noted that after she shot Daunte Wright, Potter didn't communicate over the radio about what happened or run down the road to check on Wright or the other car involved in the accident.

"You were focused on what you had done because you had just killed somebody," Elridge said.

Potter begins to get emotional.

"I'm sorry it happened," Potter said, through tears. "I'm so sorry."

Eldridge then said that Potter "knew deadly force was unwarranted and unreasonable."

"I didn't want to hurt anybody," Potter replied.

WATCH: The moment Kim Potter breaks down on witness stand

Kim Potter got emotional while testifying on the witness stand.

"We were trying to keep him from driving away. It just went chaotic," she said, describing the moments before she shot Daunte Wright.

"I remember yelling 'Taser Taser Taser' and nothing happened and then he told me I shot him," she said.

Prosecution plays body camera footage of fatal incident, court on lunch break

During cross examination, the prosecutor started recalling moments before Potter fatally shot Daunte Wright.

Potter then became emotional as the prosecutor began playing body camera footage from the day of the incident.

The prosecutor asked, "You have your firearm in your right hand, correct? And you are pointing it directly at Mr. Wright?"

Potter broke down immediately after seeing the footage.

Judge Chu then asked her if she needed a break, Potter nodded yes.

They are currently on an hour lunch break.

Prosecution notes differences between Potter's Taser and gun

During the cross-examination, the prosecution points out the differences between Potter's Taser and her firearm.

The prosecution displayed evidence showing the Taser and gun as well as Potter's holster. Erin Eldridge noted the difference in color, shape and size.

"They look different, don't they?" Eldridge asked.

"Yes," Potter replied.

Eldridge also noted the difference in how to remove the Taser and gun from the holster.

Potter explained that while she hadn't fired her Taser or gun, she had unholstered and drawn them before during her time as an officer.

She also confirmed she had been trained on Tasers since 2002 and was aware of how they worked.

Potter became emotional on the stand recalling deadly shooting

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Kim Potter recalled the fatal incident with Daunte Wright and became emotional on the witness stand.

Potter stated, "I remember a struggle with Officer Luckey and the driver at the door, the driver was trying to get back into the car. I went around Officer Luckey and the driver's getting into the car. I can see Johnson's hand and I can see his face."

Potter then became emotional while she described the moments she pulled out her gun and mistook it for her Taser.

Potter said, "I remember yelling 'Taser, Taser, Taser' and nothing happened, and he told me I shot him."

Potter says she would not have pulled Wright over if she was alone

Potter explained that if she was alone on April 11, she would not have pulled Daunte Wright over.

At the time of the incident, Potter was a field training officer with trainee Officer Luckey.

She said Luckey was driving and she was in the passenger seat. Luckey noticed Wright's vehicle had a pine tree air freshener and expired tabs and he wanted to stop the car.

If she was alone, Potter said she would most likely have not have pulled Wright over.

She said the air freshener was a minor equipment violation and that expired tabs were common at the time because COVID had impacted the Department of Motor Vehicles.

"We were advised not to try to enforce a lot of those things," she said.

After the vehicle was pulled over, Luckey ran Wright's name and discovered that he had a warrant out for a weapons charge and a protection order.

She said the plan was to arrest Wright and investigate if the female in the passenger seat was the petitioner of the protection order.

Potter added that people with weapons warrants are likely to be carrying a weapon.

"In my experience over 26 years, I've found guns in cars, either by accident or by them just being sitting out in plain view."

She added that traffic stops could be dangerous because "you don't know who you're pulling over."

Potter and Luckey called in for backup and approached the vehicle again once Sergeant Johnson arrived.

Potter testifies on the use of her taser

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Kim Potter was questioned by her defense team on the kind of Taser she had and the use of it.

Defense attorney asked, "Did you ever use a Taser, use it by actually shooting it, in all your years career as a law enforcement officer?"

Potter responded, "I would take my Taser out on rare occasions, but I don't believe I ever deployed it."

The defense also said Potter's taser was shaped like a gun

Gray, " the Taser 7 was shaped like a gun, fair statement?

Potter, "Yes."

Kim Potter takes the stand

Ex-cop Kim Potter takes the witness stand to testify in her own defense.

Potter is charged with first and second-degree manslaughter.

She will likely be the final witness called by the defense on the eighth day of the trial.

Potter expected to testify after the courts morning break

Morning break is now underway. Former Minneapolis Police Officer Kim Potter is expected to take the witness stand next.

Psychologist says police are trained to manage stress

During the cross examination from the prosecution, psychologist Laurence Miller said he teaches police officers how to manage stress.

Prosecutor Erin Eldridge noted that Miller often works with police departments and officers.

Miller said officers are trained to manage stress and make decisions under stress.

"It is important to you, in your profession, to impart on officers how to manage stress, how to make decisions under stress," Eldrige asked.

Miller confirmed that.

He also agreed with Eldriges notion that "prevention is half the battle."

Psychologist Expert details a police 'action error'

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Kim Potter's Defense team Expert witness, Psychologist Lawrence Miller explained what a police "action error" is.

Miller stated, "An action error is a sequence of responses in which an intended action has an unintended effect... In plain language, you intend to do one thing, think you're doing that thing but do something else and only realize later that the action you intended was not the one you took".

Potter's defense attorney then asked Miller about the risk factors that contribute to an "action error".

"The subject may not respond to lawful commands, you don't know the occupants of the vehicle. If in fact, you discover that there may be outstanding warrants these are all factors that sort of buildup", Miller said.

Miller also stated, "the reason that officer can't recall it, it didn't get into his or her brain in the first place. And if it did, it didn't have time to be consolidated by this memory formatting process in order to be stored in a way that could later be recalled".

Day 8 of trial begins as Potter is expected to take the stand Friday

Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter is expected to take the witness stand Friday as the defense wraps up its case on the eighth day of the trial.

The trial is streaming live on YouTube.

Here's a look ahead

After jurors left for the day, Judge Chu stated that she will finalize the jury instructions.

The judge also said the defense has two more witnesses which will likely include former police officer Kim Potter who will testify on her own behalf.

Court will resume Friday at 9:00 a.m.CST

Defense tries to add Wright's criminal past on the record

After the defense finished for the day and the jury was dismissed, defense attorney Paul Engh asked the judge to introduce evidence about Daunte Wright's criminal history into the record.

Engh said Wright failed to appear in court and had multiple charges against him. He said he wanted to include this evidence on the record to "rebut the inference that Mr. Wright was a peaceful individual" and refute the image of him as a law-abiding citizen.

Judge Regina Chu said any bad acts by Wright that Potter was aware of were allowed on the record. However, Potter was not aware of these issues and, therefore, they did not impact her state of mind when she approached Wright during the incident.

Potter's defense team calls long time friend to witness stand

The defense attorney representing former Minneapolis Police Officer Kim Potter called a long time friend of Potter to the witness.

Thomas Hall said he met Potter at his neighbor's house about a decade ago and he is friends with her children.

Hall quickly left the witness stand after the defense concluding their questions.

Former police chief says officer could have used Taser, gun to prevent 'great bodily harm'

Former Brooklyn Center Police Chief Timothy Gannon said an officer would have been justified in using a Taser or gun during the incident at the traffic stop.

Gannon said the officers would have been injured if Daunte Wright's car went into reverse.

Defense attorney Earl Gray noted if the car backed up, there would be a risk of "great bodily harm," a justification for using deadly force.

Gannon agreed that a Taser could have been used in a situation to prevent a driver from fleeing.

"Is it your opinion that not only could a Taser be used in this chaotic situation, but also a gun?" Gray asked.

Gannon replied, "yes."

Former police chief says after he viewed body camera footage Potter did not violate procedures

Former Brooklyn Center Police Chief Timothy Gannon testified that after he viewed the body camera video he concluded former Police Officer Kim Potter did not violate any laws.

The former police chief said that he wouldn't fire Potter immediately after the incident, also noting she was a "fine" officer.

"I saw no violation of policy, procedure, law", Gannon said.

Daunte Wright did not assault officers at the scene, expert testifies

Use of force expert Stephen Ijames testified that he did not see Daunte Wright assault any officers on body camera footage of the traffic stop.

The prosecution is arguing that there was no basis for Potter to use deadly force.

Prosecutor Matthew Franks noted that if an officer is trying to arrest someone on a warrant and the person pulls away, the officer can't just shoot them.

"Of course not," Ijames responded.

Use of force expert testifies on Daunte Wright's ability to operate his vehicle after being shot

During cross examination the Prosecutor asked use of force expert Stephen Ijames about Daunte Wright's ability to operate his vehicle after being shot by former Minneapolis Police Officer Kim Potter.

Prosecutor asked, "Is it your opinion that he was not in a position to operate or drive that vehicle?"

Ijames responded, "He was in a position to operate it, he wasn't operating it at the time".

Expert says trigger pulls indicate Potter was not intending to use deadly force

In his report of the Potter case, use of force expert Stephen Ijames testified that the number of times Potter pulled the trigger is significant.

According to the video, Ijames said it appears Potter only fired one shot. He said generally, officers will fire multiple shots when using their guns in a deadly force situation. When using a Taser, officers typically fire one shot, "a press and release."

Prosecutor Matthew Frank noted that if Potter pulled her trigger one time, a reasonable officer in her position would not have perceived a reasonable basis to use lethal force by shooting her gun.

Ijames said that Potter's single trigger pull could indicate she did not perceive a need to use deadly force in that situation.

"From what I've seen in the video," Ijames said, "an officer in her position was not perceiving the need to use deadly force. And so the use of the Taser would have been an appropriate tool and that's what she was trying to do."

The defense argued that Potter would have been justified in using deadly force during the traffic stop.

Expert testifies on Potter's use of force against Daunte Wright

Use of force expert Stephen Ijames testified on Former Minneapolis Police Officer Kim Potter's use of her taser before she shot and killed Daunte Wright.

In cross examination by Potter's defense attorney Ijames was asked, "In light of your review was Officer Potter's perceived use of a taser consistent with contemporary and professional police training and practice?"

Ijames then said, "yes".

Ijames then explained why he disagrees with the defense attorney on the effectiveness of the Taser at that range, "the 7 spreads wide at close range by design independent of that, the physical positioning of a seated suspect changes everything."

How to watch the trial

The trial of Kim Potter continues Thursday, as the defense begins presenting its case.

Potter herself is expected to take the witness stand in her own defense.

The trial is streaming live on YouTube.

Autopsy photos will not be broadcast on livestream, judge says

After the jury was dismissed, Judge Chu asked to see the attorneys into her chambers to discuss the autopsy photos in court.

The prosecution plans to present the photos as evidence, along with testimony from the medical examiner.

Judge Chu said the pictures from the autopsy will be shown in court and in the overflow room but will not be broadcast o the live stream per the family's request and maintain the "dignity of the deceased."

Judge Chu released the jury early due to weather conditions

Judge Regina Chu released the jury early due to weather conditions.

The judge said jurors are to return to court Monday at 9 a.m.

Acting Brooklyn Center Police Chief details protocol for officer-involved shootings

Brooklyn Center Police Department Acting Chief Tony Gruening was on the witness stand.

He took over the position after the former chief Tim Gannon resigned along with Potter after the incident.

Gruening described his role at the time of the incident as most administrative. The prosecution asked him about the typical protocol for an investigation into an officer-involved shooting.

He detailed the protocol and outlined his role working with the officers on the scene and his work turning evidence over to the Bureau of Critical Apprehension (BCA) to conduct their independent investigation into the incident.

During his testimony, the defense objected to mention of Potter's involvement in the police union. Judge Chu sustained the objection and reminded the prosecution that there will be no union talk during the trial.

Judge to release jury to go home after witness testifies due to weather conditions

After the court resumed from a lunch break, Judge Regina Chu informed the jury that they will be released to go home due to weather conditions.

"I am definitely going to let you go home early today".

"It's getting kind of icky out there and slippery", Judge Chu said.

Defense details the moments before Potter fatally shot Wright

During the cross-examination of Officer Johnson, defense attorney Earl Gray detailed the time frame of the moments during Potter's confrontation with Daunte Wright.

Gray said it was 13 seconds Johnson told Wright he was under arrest, Wright then began to struggle with Luckey, and then 6 seconds later Potter began to attempt to assist

Officer swapped guns with Potter, removed bullets

After the shooting, Johnson took Potter's gun in order to preserve evidence. He said he gave her his gun in return.

When Johnson asks for her gun, Potter appears to say "No, just let me kill myself," according to body camera footage. Johnson responds, "that's not happening Kim."

Johnson said another officer was concerned Potter would harm herself.

Body camera footage shows Johnson asking Potter for his gun back moments later. He said he was "able to turn away from" Potter and "discretely" removed the magazine and bullets from the chamber. He returned his gun to Potter without any ammunition.

Johnson then said he took Potter's gun in order to hand it over to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), the outside agency that would take over the investigation.

Potter was visibly upset moments after fatally shooting Daunte Wright

Kim Potter was visibly distraught just moments after she had mistaken her gun for a taser, ultimately shooting and killing Daunte Wright.

According to body camera footage shown during the trial, Potter was heard repeatedly saying " Oh my God, I'm going to go to jail".

Officer Johnson who was also on the scene stated, "Kim that guy was trying to take off with me in the car".

Officer recounts moment Potter shot Wright at traffic stop

Major Mychal Johnson is on the witness stand to share his account of the traffic stop. Johnson is a former Brooklyn Center police officer but now works for the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office.

He said he responded to a call for help at a traffic stop with Officers Potter and Luckey. There was a warrant out for Wright's arrest for a misdemeanor charge of carrying a weapon without a permit.

The prosecution showed his body camera footage of the incident, stopping at several points to have Johnson explain what is happening.

While Wright was out of his car with Officer Luckey, Johnson opened the passenger side door and reached over Alayna Albrecht-Payton in the passenger seat to put the car in park and turn the engine off. He does not recall if the car was already in park or if the engine was off.

When Wright got back in the car, Johnson grabbed his arm to put him in handcuffs and prevent Wright from driving off. Johnson was still reaching over Albrecht-Payton at this time. He told her to "just stay back."

Potter then said she would tase Wright and Johnson recalls hearing a "loud pop." He did not know at the time that it was a gunshot until Potter said she shot Wright with her gun moments later.

After the shot was fired, Johnson got out of the car before it drove off.

Judge Chu monitoring weather due to big storm heading to Minneapolis

Judge Regina Chu began court warning jurors of a big snowstorm heading to the Twin Cities.

The judge also stated that they may cut testimony short today and end at noon.

According to weather reports, it has not started snowing as of yet in their area.

Autopsy photos to be shown in court

The prosecution will introduce Daunte Wright's autopsy photos into evidence Friday, a pool reporter confirms.

The medical examiner will take the stand and the photos will be shown in the courtroom. However, the pictures will not be sent to the pool. Reporters can describe the photos but cannot publish or broadcast them.

Graphic footage from police body camera video of officers pulling Wright out of his car and performing life-saving measures shown in court Thursday were not broadcast.

Judge instructed the state to remove autopsy photos previously seen by jury

After jurors left for the day, Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu directed the state to review Daunte Wright's autopsy photos and remove any duplicates that were already viewed by the jury.

The judge also advised the state on the procedures of presenting a photo in the trial going forward.

She stated if they present photos with Wright's eyes open to cut off the photo at the nose because the jury does not need sympathy and passion.

WATCH: Daunte Wright's girlfriend delivers emotional testimony

Watch the emotional testimony from Daunte Wright's girlfriend who was in the passenger seat when Wright was fatally shot by Kim Potter during a traffic stop.

Alayna Albrecht-Payton recounted the moments leading up to the incident, what happened after Wright was shot and the injuries she suffered from the car crash after the shooting.

Judge Chu ruled to show anymore body camera images in trial

Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu ruled not to show anymore body camera footage in the Kim Potter Trial.

This comes after graphic images were shown during cross-examination of the witnesses.

Officer Jeffrey Sommers takes the witness stand

Officer Jeffrey Sommers testifies about his view of the events that took place after before and after life saving measures were taken on Daunte Wright.

Prosecution shows graphic footage of Wright's body pulled from his car

The prosecution introduced body camera footage from Officer Irish as the next piece of evidence. There was an objection from the defense, but the judge allowed it to be shown.

In the video, police officers approach Wright's vehicle and remove him from the car to administer life-saving measures.

The footage was graphic, showing blood from the gunshot wound and Wright's naked body as his pants came down while he was pulled out of the car. The court live feed quickly cut away from the body camera video and focused on Officer Irish and prosecutor Josh Larson watching the footage play in court.

In the audio from the video, officers can be heard administering life-saving measures. Wright was pronounced dead and his body was shown under a sheet at the end of the video.

Officer on scene of crash details life saving measures for Daunte Wright

Officer Daniel Irish detailed the life saving measures that were taken to revive Daunte Wright after removing his lifeless body from his vehicle.

Irish said he observed that Wright had a gunshot wound to the chest.

He then removed Wright's clothing, checked for a pulse on his wrist and an artery in his neck and placed a chest seal on the exit wound.

Protester gather outside courthouse

People have gathered to protest outside the courthouse where the trial of Kim Potter continues.

According to a reporter on the scene, the people were chanting "Justice for Daunte Wright."

WATCH: The moment Wright's car crashed into another vehicle

Police car dashboard footage shows the moment Daunte Wright's car crashed into another vehicle after he was shot at a traffic stop.

The video footage is from Officer Alan Douglas Salvoas' vehicle. Salvoas was driving behind the car Wright crashed into.

Officers body cam details their interaction moments after crash

Officer Salvosa's bodycam showed the moments after Daunte Wright's car collided with another car in front of his patrol vehicle.

The officer got out of his patrol car with his gun pointed towards Wright's wrecked vehicle and yelled, "put your hands up" repeatedly.

Wright's girlfriend Alayna then replied, "I cant."

Salvosa notified dispatchers of suspects not complying, a civilian car injury, a female with lacerations, and a driver who was not breathing.

He also told dispatchers that he was by himself holding the suspects at gunpoint.

After responding officers arrived they were briefed on a male who was not breathing. One officer was then heard saying "We will deal with that when we deal with it."

Officer says he was 'confused' that he was not informed about incident upon arrival

Officer Salvosa said he took out his gun and ordered everyone to get out of the vehicle.

At this point, he said he had no information that there was a weapon in the white car. He also said he did not receive information from the officers at the traffic stop. Salvosa added he "was confused" because he was not informed of what occurred.

The windows of Wright's car were "heavily tinted" and Salvosa said he could not see inside but could detect movement. He ordered the passengers to come out of the vehicle. The passenger, Alayna Albrecht-Payton, rolled down her window and said that she could not come out of the vehicle or put her hands up and that the driver, Daunte Wright, "was not breathing." Salvosa saw Wright slumped over in the driver's seat and called for medical assistance, noting that the male was reportedly not breathing.

Salvosa described his tone as "aggressive" and "amped up" because he had them at gunpoint. He said it "felt like forever" before other officers arrived, but noted it was likely only a few minutes. He said officers waited 10 minutes before removing Wright and Albrecht-Payton from the vehicle.

Once Albrecht-Payton exited the car, he said she put her hands up and walked towards another officer. Salvosa said he had no further interacted with her. He eventually lowered his weapon when other agencies arrived and was ordered to tape off the crime scene.

He later learned that the driver was shot and pronounced dead after other officers removed Wright from the car and administered aid. Once he learned the incident was an officer-involved shooting, he was placed in isolation as a potential witness.

Patrol officer testifies about Daunte Wright car crash incident

Brooklyn Center Patrol Officer Alan Douglas Salvosa described what he witnessed the moments before and after Daunte Wright's car crash the moment after he was fatally shot.

Salvosa stated he was one of the responding officers after receiving a call for backup for a car with warrants attached to it.

Officer Douglas told the court, moments before he could make it to the scene he witnessed Wright's car coming into oncoming traffic, crashing into a car in front of his patrol car.

Salvosa also said, he then notified dispatch of the car crash and asked that they send an ambulance.

Neighbor provides video footage of car crash

The next witness to take the stand is Kerry Blanksi. She lives on the street where the car crash occurred after Wright was shot and called the street a "fairly well-traveled road."

Blanski said she heard the crash and went outside to check if everyone was okay. She said she was outside for most of the day "for all the events that unfolded."

When she went outside, Blanski said Daunte Wright's family showed up. She said a woman believed to be Wright's mother arrived and was "visibly upset."

She provided security camera footage from her home that captured the crash to law enforcement. While much of the incident is blocked by trees, Blanski described the gray car involved in the crash as "heavily damaged."

Patrica Lundgren's daughter gives update on father's health following car crash with Daunte Wright

Denise Lundgren Wells is the daughter of both Patricia and Kenneth Lundgren who were both involved in the car crash with Daunte Wright moments after he was fatally shot by former Police Officer Kim Potter.

Lundgren Wells testified about her father's health further declining.

She stated that prior to the crash her father, Kenneth had a stroke with brain bleeding 20 years ago and he never fully recovered from it.

Lundgren Wells says her dad hasn't been the same since accident, was hospitalized and became belligerent. "That's not my dad," she said.

She noted that after the crash things accelerated quickly with his brain shrinking and sense of reasoning also declining.

He is currently in hospice care.

Witness involved in car accident left voicemail for her daughter after the incident

The daughter of the elderly couple involved in the car crash with Wright took the witness stand after her mother.

Denise Lundgren Wells said her mother Patricia left her a voicemail after the car crash.

According to Lundgren Wells, the voicemail said, "We've been in an accident. The car is totaled. The guy in the other car died. We're tired and going to bed. Don't call us."

Lundgren Wells tried to call her mother back, but there was no answer. She sent her husband to drive to her parents' house.

Then, Lundgren Wells said she tracked down her parents' car in order to recover their personal items. Authorities told her it was being held by the BCA and her parents looked in the White Pages for how to contact law enforcement to get their vehicle.

Defense and prosecution try to clarify if car remained on during incident

The defense and the prosecution tried to clarify if the car was turned on during the incident to determine whether Daunte Wright tried to drive off during the traffic stop.

During the redirect, prosecutor Erin Eldridge asked Alayna Albrecht-Payton whether the car was turned on or off during the incident.

Defense attorney Earl Gray objected several times and the prosecutor reframed her question.

Alayna Albrecht-Payton testified that she thought the car was still running throughout the entire incident. She also said Wright's hands were never on the wheel but his foot was on the gas when he was shot after he returned to his car.

Witness reveals moment after being in crash the day of the incident

Patricia Lundergen is the witness who was involved in the accident with Wright moments after he was fatally shot by former Police Officer Kim Potter.

Lundergen stated she didn't sustain any injuries, but her 86-year-old husband was injured.

She said her husband was trapped in the car, and she had to go to his side of the vehicle to help lower his head and help him out of the vehicle.

Patricia also stated that she was worried about why no one was there to help them after the crash.

Lundergen noted that her husband is a lot worse since the accident and he is now at home in hospice care.

Wright's girlfriend testifies about smoking on day of the deadly incident

The defense cross examined Daunte Wright's girlfriend Alayna Albrecht-Payton about smoking marijuana on the day Wright was fatally shot by police.

Alayna says she and Wright smoke marijuana at her house the morning of the fatal incident. She stated they were in the car on the way to Wright's mother's house, but she did not go in the house to meet Wright's mother.

Albrecht-Payton noted that she did not notice any changes after Wright smoked.

Albrecht-Payton was handcuffed, suffered broken jaw after car crash

The prosecution showed body camera footage of Alayna Albrecht-Payton being handcuffed by police following the car crash after Wright was shot.

Police told her to get out of the car. She was crying and the police told her to put her stuff down and asked if there was anyone else in the vehicle.

An officer said, "you're not being arrested" but then put her in handcuffs.

Albrecht-Payton said she sustained several injuries as a result of the crash, including a broken jar, bitten lip and a cut on her left ear. She later said she suffered a concussion and emotional trauma from the incident.

Daunte Wright's girlfriend details the moments after he was shot

Daunte Wright's girlfriend, Alayna Albrecht-Payton detailed the moments after he was fatally shot.

Alayna stated that moments Daunte was shot she remembers the car they were in crashing into another car.

At that point she found a clothing item in the car and pressed it against his chest not knowing where Daunte was shot.

"I was trying to push on his chest and call his name, and he wasn't answering me, and he was just gasping".

Albrecht-Payton also said during the incident Wright's mother called repeatedly and she answered the video call and put the camera on Wright revealing his deceased body to his mother.

Payton also expressed her guilt in showing Wright's body to his mother on the video call.

"No mom should have to see her son dead on a video call on a phone"

Wright's girlfriend describes moments leading up to the shooting

Daunte Wright's girlfriend, Alayna Albrecht-Payton, 20, is on the stand. She was in the car with Wright the day of the incident.

Albrecht-Payton said she was just beginning her romantic relationship with Wright at the time of the incident.

She says she was in the front passenger seat when Wright was pulled over by police. She said they were pulled over because of air fresheners, tabs and a warrant.

According to Albrecht-Payton, there were no weapons in the car or on Wright's person.

Albrecht-Payton began getting emotional on the witness stand as she described the moment before Wright was shot.

She said she was "nervous and scared" during the traffic stop because she doesn't "have a good past with police" and gets nervous every time interacts with police. Wright was also scared, she said.

"He was really scared, I've never seen him like that before," she said, describing him as a "really happy and positive."

Then she details the moment Wright was shot.

"I just remember hearing the boom, the bang of the gun," Albrecht-Payton said through tears.

Daunte Wright's girlfriend to testify on witness stand

Daunte Wright's girlfriend is expected to testify in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Kim Potter.

Wright's girlfriend was also in his vehicle on the passenger side the day he was pulled over by police and Potter fatally shot him.

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