Trial to begin for Minneapolis cop who shot Australian woman

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Trial to begin for Minneapolis cop who shot Australian woman
FILE - In this May 8, 2018, file photo, Mohamed Noor arrives at the Hennepin County Government Center for a hearing in Minneapolis. Jury selection is scheduled to begin, Monday, April 1, 2019, in the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home. Noor is charged with murder in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond - a case that drew international attention and led to changes at the city's police department. He has pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A trial is set to begin for a Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault happening in the alley behind her home.

Thirty-three-year-old Mohamed Noor, who was fired after the shooting, is charged with murder and manslaughter in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.

Experts say the case will be challenging for both prosecutors and the defense.

Prosecutors must prove Noor acted unreasonably when he shot Damond. The defense plans to argue that Noor used reasonable force and acted in self-defense.

Noor refused to speak to investigators about what happened. His attorneys haven’t said whether he’ll testify.

The trial is expected to last weeks.