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Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty drops murder charges against state trooper in shooting of Ricky Cobb II

Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty said Sunday that she will dismiss murder and manslaughter charges against Minnesota State Trooper Ryan Londregan in the shooting death of motorist Ricky Cobb II last summer.

Moriarty told the Star Tribune that her unexpected decision comes in response to a prosecution expert's new analysis of video from the scene and recent statements by Londregan's defense attorney.

In a court hearing in April, attorney Chris Madel said the 27-year-old trooper feared for his partner's life because he believed Cobb was reaching for a gun. Moriarty said the defense team had not previously raised this legal claim.


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