Chauvin Found Guilty On All Counts In Murder Of George Floyd

April 21, 2021
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April 21, 2021

The jury found Derek Chauvin guilty on three murder counts related to the killing of George Floyd in May 2020.

The jurors reached the verdict on Tuesday afternoon, following ten hours of deliberation. Chauvin, a former Minneapolis Police Department officer, was indicted on three counts related to Floyd’s death, which sparked protests around the country against police brutality and racial injustice.

The counts on which Chauvin was convicted were second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

On Friday, Chauvin declined to testify on his own behalf under his Fifth Amendment rights.

The city of Minneapolis had braced for civil unrest, depending on the verdict. The police killing of Daunte Wright in nearby Brooklyn Center has already elevated tensions.

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Chauvin's Charges

  • Second-degree unintentional murder
  • Third-degree murder
  • Second-degree manslaughter

Background

  • Monday was the last day of in-court proceedings.
  • Prosecutor Steve Schleicher gave the closing argument for the state, followed by Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson, and the prosecution's rebuttal by Jerry Blackwell.
  • The jury was then sequestered for deliberations, first at Hennepin County Government Center, then at a hotel for the night.
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The jury found Derek Chauvin guilty on three murder counts related to the killing of George Floyd in May 2020.

The jurors reached the verdict on Tuesday afternoon, following ten hours of deliberation. Chauvin, a former Minneapolis Police Department officer, was indicted on three counts related to Floyd’s death, which sparked protests around the country against police brutality and racial injustice.

The counts on which Chauvin was convicted were second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

On Friday, Chauvin declined to testify on his own behalf under his Fifth Amendment rights.

The city of Minneapolis had braced for civil unrest, depending on the verdict. The police killing of Daunte Wright in nearby Brooklyn Center has already elevated tensions.

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