A judge and attorneys are set to continue winnowing the jury pool Thursday for the murder trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home.

Another 10 prospective jurors were excused Wednesday for the trial of Mohamed Noor, bringing the total to 16 excused so far out of a pool of 75 potential jurors.

Noor is charged with murder and manslaughter in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old dual Australian-U.S. citizen who had approached Noor’s squad car after summoning police to the alley behind her home.

FILE - In this July 23, 2018, file photo, posters of Justine Ruszczyk Damond are displayed at a news conference by attorneys for her family in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Amy Forliti, File)
FILE – In this July 23, 2018, file photo, posters of Justine Ruszczyk Damond are displayed at a news conference by attorneys for her family in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Amy Forliti, File)

The 33-year-old Noor has declined to speak to investigators, but his attorneys plan to argue that he acted in self-defense.

A former Minneapolis police officer on trial in the fatal 2017 shooting of an unarmed Australian woman had nothing to say as he entered a courthouse. (April 1)
A former Minneapolis police officer on trial in the fatal 2017 shooting of an unarmed Australian woman had nothing to say as he entered a courthouse. (April 1)