The Latest: Deputy says he would still shoot unarmed man

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Posted: Feb 01, 2016 3:24 PM

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a young black man who was shot and paralyzed by a Florida Sheriff's deputy in 2013. (all times local):

3:20 p.m.

A sheriff's deputy in Florida has testified that he would still shoot an unarmed 22-year-old black man given the same circumstances.

Palm Beach County deputy Adams Lin told a federal jury Monday under cross-examination that he believed Dontrell Stephens was drawing a gun and was about to shoot him. Lin says Stephens' actions made him think that.

Lin says Stephens reached for his waistband and then flashed his hand forward holding a dark object that he thought was a handgun.

Stephens is suing Lin and the sheriff's office, alleging his civil rights were violated. He is seeking over $5 million. Lin is Asian-American.

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12:25 p.m.

A sheriff's deputy testified that he may have missed a cellphone in a 22-year-old black man's hand before he shot him.

Palm Beach County deputy Adams Lin told a federal jury Monday that he had many thoughts as he drove behind Dontrell Stephens as he pedaled away on his bicycle — mostly about a possible foot chase. Lin says that caused him to look beyond Stephens for fences, cars and other obstacles as well as track Stephens. Lin told jurors he may have missed the phone because unlike a video camera, he blinks and turns his eyes.

Stephens is suing Lin and the sheriff's office, alleging his civil rights were violated. Lin is Asian-American.

Dashboard camera shows Stephens had his phone in his right hand and his left hand was empty.

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11:45 a.m.

A 22-year-old black man conceded that his testimony has changed about where on his body he was shot by a sheriff's deputy and paralyzed.

Dontrell Stephens told a federal jury Monday morning that he testified in a 2014 deposition that he was shot in the chest by Palm Beach County deputy Adams Lin. He says he now believes he was shot in the back because of a scar there he recently learned about.

Stephens is suing Lin and the sheriff's office, alleging his civil rights were violated. He was unarmed. He is seeking over $5 million. Lin is Asian-American.

Stephens' cross-examination was delayed twice last week due to chronic pain.

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8:25 a.m.

A sheriff's deputy and the unarmed black man he shot and paralyzed are both expected to be cross-examined in a federal civil rights lawsuit.

Two interruptions due to 22-year-old Dontrell Stephens' chronic pain have delayed the completion of his cross-examination until Monday.

Meanwhile, Palm Beach County Deputy Adams Lin has testified that Stephens flashed a dark object at him with his left hand before the shooting in September 2013. Lin is expected to finish his testimony Monday morning before Stephens finishes his cross-examination in the afternoon.

Lin, an Asian-American, shot Stephens after stopping him for riding his bicycle into traffic. A dashboard camera in Lin's car shows Stephens had his cellphone in his right hand, but his left hand was empty.