BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (FOX 9) - Kim Potter, the ex-Brooklyn Center police officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright earlier this year, will face a charge of first degree manslaughter, a judge ordered Thursday.
Potter's attorneys claimed she meant to reach for a Taser instead of her gun when she fatally shot Wright during the April 11 traffic stop. They filed a motion asking the judge to dismiss the first-degree manslaughter charge against her.
Wednesday, District Judge Regina Chu denied the defense's motion to drop the additional charge, citing sufficient evidence to support probable cause of the added first-degree manslaughter charge.
Potter was initially charged with second-degree manslaughter in Wright's death. Attorney General Keith Ellison, who took over the prosecution of the case, added the first-degree manslaughter charge in September.
Potter’s trial is scheduled to begin on Nov. 30.
Former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter has been charged with first-degree and second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Daunte Wright. (FOX 9)