- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on the trial of a New York City police officer charged in the deadly shooting of an unarmed man (all times local):

2:10 p.m.

The mother of an unarmed man killed by a New York City police officer in a public housing stairwell says she feels he showed no remorse as he testified about a shooting he calls an accident.

Sylvia Palmer spoke Monday outside a Brooklyn court after Officer Peter Liang (lee-ANG’) testified in his defense, choking up at one point. He’s charged with manslaughter in the 2014 death of Akai (ah-KEYE’) Gurley.

Liang says he was startled and fired unintentionally while patrolling a darkened stairway with his gun drawn. The bullet ricocheted and hit Gurley on a lower flight of stairs.

Prosecutors say Liang handled his weapon recklessly and did nearly nothing to help Gurley after realizing what had happened.

Palmer says that the shooting “was no accident” and that police must be held accountable.

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12:40 p.m.

The defense has asked a judge to dismiss the case of a New York City police officer on trial for manslaughter in the 2014 shooting of an unarmed man in a housing project stairwell.

Lawyers for Peter Liang (lee-ANG’) said Monday that the evidence doesn’t meet legal requirements for the charges. The charges accuse him of disregarding a substantial and unjustifiable risk of serious injury or death.

Prosecutors say the charges are justified.

State Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun says he’ll announce his decision after the verdict.

Closing arguments at the trial are scheduled for Tuesday.

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12:05 p.m.

A New York City police officer on trial for manslaughter in the 2014 shooting of an unarmed man in a housing project stairwell has completed his testimony.

Both sides rested Monday at the trial of Peter Liang (lee-ANG’). Closing arguments are scheduled for Tuesday.

On cross-examination, prosecutors sought to show that Liang had gotten training in handling firearms responsibly and on handling dangerous and unexpected situations.

They questioned him about why he didn’t perform CPR on Akai Gurley. They say Gurley’s girlfriend tried to do so, getting instructions from a neighbor on the phone with a 911 dispatcher. Liang says he had thought it better to wait for professional help to arrive.

Liang has said he was startled by a noise, and his gun went off accidentally.

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11 a.m.

A New York City police officer testifying in his own defense got choked up while describing the moment he realized a man had been shot in a dark housing project stairwell in 2014.

Peter Liang (lee-ANG’) left the witness stand for about a minute to compose himself before resuming testimony Monday.

Liang says he was startled by a noise as he opened the stairwell door in the Brooklyn complex, and his gun went off accidentally.

He says he went to look for the bullet and that’s when he discovered Akai (ah-KEYE’) Gurley’s girlfriend leaning over him.

Liang recalls saying, “Oh, my God, someone’s hit!”

Liang says he called for an ambulance but was also “shocked” and “panicking.”

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10:30 a.m.

A New York City police officer has taken the stand to give his account of the deadly shooting of an unarmed man in a Brooklyn stairwell.

Officer Peter Liang (lee-ANG’) began testifying Monday in his own defense. He’s charged with manslaughter in the 2014 death of Akai (ah-KEYE’) Gurley.

Liang began by describing what are called “vertical patrols” in stairwells. He noted that public housing stairways can be sites of crime and danger.

Liang and his partner were patrolling a darkened stairway in a Brooklyn housing complex when Liang fired. The bullet ricocheted and hit Gurley a flight below.

Liang’s lawyers say the shooting was an accident, not a crime.

Prosecutors say Liang handled his weapon recklessly and did nearly nothing to help Gurley after realizing what had happened.

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