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Ex-cop’s murder verdict reversed in Australian woman’s death

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) --The Minnesota Supreme Court has reversed the third-degree murder conviction of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman in 2017.

Mohamed Noor was convicted of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.

But he appealed the murder conviction, saying the charge was meant for cases in which a defendant's actions are directed at more than one person.

The court's ruling Wednesday could give Derek Chauvin grounds to appeal his third-degree murder conviction in George Floyd's death, but that would have little tangible impact since Chauvin was also convicted of the more serious count of second-degree murder.

RELATED: Noor sentenced to 12.5 years for murder, manslaughter

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Kaitlyn Moffett

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