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Chauvin trial: Jury selection continues to find alternates, trial starts next Monday

George Floyd Officer Trial
Judge Peter Cahill
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Posted at 11:30 AM, Mar 22, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS — Jury selection is now in its third week in the trial against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, charged in George Floyd’s death. One juror was selected Monday morning, making 14 selected so far, and legal teams want one more before opening arguments start next week.

Chauvin faces second-and-third-degree murder and manslaughter charges in connection with Floyd's May 2020 death.

Only 12 jurors will deliberate, the others will be alternates in case they are needed.

On Friday, Judge Peter Cahill denied defense attorney requests to delay or move the trial. Chauvin's attorney had argued a massive settlement announced between the City of Minneapolis and the Floyd family during jury selection earlier this month would taint the jury pool and make it more difficult to find an impartial jury.

Floyd died in the custody of Minneapolis Police on May 25. Chauvin and several other police officers were responding at the time, all of whom have been charged in connection with Floyd’s death. Bystander video widely shared on social media showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.

Potential jurors are being asked what they know about the May 25, 2020 incident, if they’ve seen videos showing Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck, and if they are aware of the settlement between the City of Minneapolis and Floyd's family.

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