Officer with knee to George Floyd's neck to be tried alone

Derek Chauvin will be tried separately from three other defendants in the death of George Floyd. Derek Chauvin will be tried separately from three other defendants in the death of George Floyd. | 

The Associated Press
Updated: January 12, 2021 12:13 PM
Created: January 12, 2021 12:06 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The former Minneapolis police officer who held his knee to the neck of George Floyd for minutes will be tried separately from three other former officers accused in his death.

Court documents filed Tuesday show Derek Chauvin will stand trial alone in March due to the coronavirus pandemic while the others will be tried together in the summer.

Judge Peter Cahill cited the limitations of physical space during the coronavirus pandemic for his order to split the defendants’ trials. It is “impossible to comply with COVID-19 physical restrictions” given how many lawyers and support personnel that four defendants say would be present, Cahill wrote.

Chauvin, who is white, is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter the May death of Floyd, who was Black.

The other three former officers are charged with aiding and abetting.

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