EARL Gray is a criminal defense attorney from Minnesota.
Gray defended former police officer Kim Potter who was arrested and charged with first and second-degree manslaughter in Daunte Wright's death. On December 23, 2021, Potter was convicted on all charges.
Who is Kim Potter's attorney Earl Gray?
Earl Gray has been described as a "top" criminal defense lawyer from St Paul, Minnesota.
Gray started his career at the Minnesota Public Defenders Office.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Gustavus Adolphus College, a liberal arts college in St. Peter, Minnesota.
He received a Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul where he graduated cum laude.
He has been practicing law in Minnesota since 1970.
In 2013, he was recognized as the Criminal and White Collar Lawyer of the Year in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2015, he received a Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
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Who has he represented?
Most recently, Gray represented Thomas Kiernan Lane, one of the four former Minneapolis Police Department officers charged in the death of George Floyd, in 2020.
He is one of three officers charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of Floyd.
In 2017, he represented Jeronimo Yanez, a Hispanic-American police officer from St. Anthony, Minnesota acquitted of all charges after fatally shooting African-American man Philando Castile.
Yanez was charged with manslaughter and reckless discharge of a firearm.
He has formerly represented the University of Minnesota football star Dominic Jones, who was convicted of criminal sexual conduct, as well as former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who was cleared of charges for his involvement in the 2005 Minnesota Vikings boat cruise scandal.
How did Kim Potter shoot Daunte Wright?
Kim Potter's bodycam footage revealed Daunte Wright was killed during a routine traffic stop.
According to a statement from the Brooklyn Center Police Department, Wright was pulled over for a traffic violation.
Officers tried to take him into custody when they discovered he had an outstanding warrant.
As he got back into his car, one of the officers shot him dead.
Wright’s sobbing mother Katie told a crowd how her son called her to say he had been pulled over by police because of an air freshener on his rearview mirror.
She said she heard officers tell her son to put his phone down, and then the call ended.
Soon after, her son's girlfriend told her he had been shot.
She told reporters: "All he did was have air fresheners in the car and they told him to get out of the car.
"He got out of the car and his girlfriend said they shot him."
Potter was arrested on Wednesday, April 13, but was released from Hennepin County Jail that same day after posting a $100,000 bond.
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