Manslaughter case against ex-Minnesota cop Kim Potter likely to go to trial this year

The ex-Minnesota cop who fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop is expected to stand trial by the end of the year, a judge said Monday.

“I think it’s to the benefit of everyone to try to expedite this case and try to come to a resolution or trial is as quickly as reasonably possible,” Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu said during a brief hearing.

The manslaughter case against Kim Potter is scheduled to go to trial Dec. 6, Chu said.

Monday afternoon’s court hearing, which lasted under 10 minutes, established a preliminary timeline for the case.

Potter only spoke to agree to the hearing being conducted over Zoom.

The former Brooklyn Center cop is facing a second-degree manslaughter charge for shooting the 20-year-old Wright during a traffic stop in the suburb of Minneapolis on April 11.

Video from the encounter shows Potter, 48, pointing her firearm at Wright as he tried to drive away from officers in Brooklyn Center.

Potter can be heard yelling, “Taser! Taser! Taser!” — before firing a single shot from her service weapon, fatally striking Wright.

Police claim Potter, who resigned in the days after the fatal encounter, meant to pull her Taser but mistakenly grabbed her service weapon.

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