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Break: The jury reaches a ruling in the Derek Chauvin case; Read from 3:30 to 4pm – WCCO


MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The jury ruled in the trial of former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin of George Floyd’s death in May 2020.

The judgment is scheduled to be read in Hennepin District court between 3:30 and 4 pm. The jury took about 10 hours of deliberation to come up with their verdict.

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Chauvin faces three accusations:

  • Unintentional second degree murder means unintentional death due to a felony.
  • Second-degree murder is fatal because of the unreasonable risk.
  • Third degree murder is meant to cause death with a “particularly dangerous” act, demonstrating a “perverted mind”.

WCCO’s Esme Murphy reports that Hennepin County court staff have been told to stop working at all downtown courthouse sites and must “exit downtown immediately”.

Stay with WCCO.com and CBSN Minnesota when the verdict is announced in the next few hours.

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The jurors heard the final arguments during Derek Chauvin’s trial on Monday. The two sides are most significantly divided about the cause of death. The prosecutor argued that all the law required was that the prosecutor proved beyond reasonable suspicion that Chauvin’s knee-tied was “a major cause” of Floyd’s death.

The defense insisted that Chauvin did what any reasonable officer would do and said it was a mistake to just look at 9 minutes and 29 seconds when Floyd was on the ground.

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Different from his appearance during the trial, Chauvin did not wear a mask and looked directly at his attorney for the three hours that ended his defense statement. For the rest of the testimony and the end of the prosecution session, he bowed, put on a mask and took full notes.

While Nelson’s summary is lengthy, it is also complicated. And that may be why Blackwell turned to this claim in his rebuttal argument. This case was not too complicated, he said, and from the state point of view, Chauvin caused the death of Floyd.

The line he left to the jury was this: “You know, for example, that Mr. Floyd died because his heart was too big. You have heard that testimony. And now after seeing all the evidence, after hearing all the evidence, you know the truth. And the truth of the matter is that the reason George Floyd died was because Mr. Chauvin’s heart was too small.

Since the trial began last month, the prosecutor has called 38 people. The defense called seven people to testify in court. Chauvin is not one of them; he invoked his constitutional right not to testify. It was a decision that was made without the presence of a jury.

If there is a conviction, it is next to determine if there are aggravating circumstances.

The first possible aggravation factor is whether or not the victim has been “subjected to special cruel treatment”. The second is if a child is present. Witnesses at the scene and witnesses included two teenagers aged 17 at the time, and one 9 years old.

Attorney Joe Tamburino told WCCO: “If they find aggravating factors, the judge can go up to the statutory maximum, which takes one to 40 years, count two to 25 years, and count three as 10 years. .

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If Chauvin is acquitted, he could still face federal charges of criminal citizenship. A large jury has met to consider those allegations, and if he is charged and convicted in federal court, that sentence can go up to life.

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