Jury finds Derek Chauvin guilty of all charges in death of George Floyd

Jury finds Derek Chauvin guilty of all charges in death of George Floyd Photo: Court TV Pool

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Updated: April 20, 2021 07:10 PM
Created: April 20, 2021 02:36 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A jury has found former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin guilty of all charges in the death of George Floyd.

On Tuesday afternoon, the jury convicted Chauvin of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Floyd died last May after Chauvin, a white officer, pinned his knee on the 46-year-old Black man’s neck for about 9 1/2 minutes in a case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S. The jury deliberated over parts of two days in a city on edge against another outbreak of unrest.

The jurors who sat quietly off-camera through three weeks of testimony in Derek Chauvin's trial in George Floyd's death moved into the spotlight Tuesday, still out of sight but now in control of verdicts.

The jury of six white people and six people who are Black or multiracial was set for its first full day of deliberations. The jury, anonymous by order of the judge and sequestered now until they reach a verdict, spent just a few hours on their task Monday after the day was mostly consumed by closing arguments in which prosecutors argued that Chauvin squeezed the life out of Floyd last May in a way that even a child knew was wrong.

The defense contended that the now-fired white officer acted reasonably and that the 46-year-old Floyd died of a heart condition and illegal drug use.

Chauvin, 45, is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, all of which require the jury to conclude that his actions were a "substantial causal factor" in Floyd's death and that his use of force was unreasonable.

The most serious charge carries up to 40 years in prison.

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