Jury begins deliberations in Chauvin trial
Concrete barriers and razor wire surrounded the Minneapolis courthouse where prosecutor Steve Schleicher and defense attorney Eric Nelson reviewed evidence and restated their cases before the jury in the trial of ex–police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday. Over the past three weeks, the prosecution called 38 witnesses, including bystanders from the scene and medical and use-of-force experts, to build the case that Chauvin’s actions caused George Floyd’s death during an arrest attempt last May. The defense focused on Chauvin’s training and highlighted other factors such as drug use that could have contributed to Floyd’s death. Chauvin faces three charges: second-degree manslaughter, third-degree murder, and second-degree murder.
What will happen next? Judge Peter Cahill sent the jury to deliberate until they can reach a verdict. The jury will be sequestered during deliberations and spend the night in a nearby hotel. Members will have access to the evidence and videos presented during the trial and can ask questions via Zoom. Businesses boarded up their windows with plywood, and National Guard members are stationed in Minneapolis in preparation for unrest following the verdict.
Dig deeper: Read Sharon Dierberger’s report on Minneapolis’ response to recent shootings as it awaits a verdict.
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