Chauvin Guilty on All 3 Counts In the Death of George Floyd

BREAKING – After three weeks of testimony and 10 hours of deliberations, jurors in the Derek Chauvin murder trial wasted little time in deciding his fate in the death of George Floyd.

The 12-member panel of six White, four Black, and two multiracial persons found the former Minneapolis police officer guilty on all three counts of 2nd degree murder, third degree murder, and manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd last May 25th.

Following weeks of testimony from both sides and watching that infamous video of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes, jurors sided with the prosecution in finding Chauvin guilty of causing the death of Floyd.


Chauvin will be sentenced within next 8 weeks.  His bail has been revoked and he was handcuffed and taken off to jail.

“Believe your eyes.  What you saw, you saw,” the words of special prosecutor Steve Schleicher told the jury yesterday during closing arguments.  Prosecutors described Chauvin as arrogant and intent on winning without any care or compassion for Floyd.

But on the defense side.  Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson countered the prosecution’s arguments telling jurors to look at the totality of the circumstances and not just the 9-minutes and 29-seconds the prosecution continued to hammer on.  Nelson accused prosecutors of trying to mislead the panel.

Chauvin faced murder and manslaughter charges.

Second-degree intentional murder carries up to 40 years behind bars, third degree murder would land Chauvin 25 years in prison and second degree manslaughter careers a 10 year prison term.  Sentencing guidelines call for far less time, including 12 1/2 years on either of the murder counts.

 

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