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Judge Reinstates Murder Charge Against Derek Chauvin For George Floyds Death by LeeMason(m): 4:04pm On Mar 11, 2021
Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin now faces an additional murder charge in the death of George Floyd after a Hennepin County judge reinstated a charge of third-degree murder on Thursday.

Chauvin already faced charges of second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter, and jury selection in his trial began Tuesday. He has pleaded not guilty. It's unclear if the new charge could impact the trial's expected start date of March 29.

Chauvin was initially charged with third-degree murder in the days after Floyd's death, but Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill dismissed the count in October, saying it did not apply to the circumstances of this case. The state appealed that ruling and the Minnesota Court of Appeals ordered Cahill to reconsider the motion to reinstate the charge last week.
The third-degree murder charge, sometimes known as "depraved mind" murder, was most recently used in the trial against former Minneapolis Police officer Mohamed Noor. He was convicted of the charge after prosecutors said he fired his gun at a person outside of his squad car's window, killing Justine Ruszczyk and endangering his own partner.

Chauvin's defense attorney Eric Nelson argued in court Thursday that Noor's case was factually and procedurally different than Chauvin's interactions with Floyd, in which he knelt on Floyd's head and neck area for an extended period. However, prosecutors said the judge was bound to follow the appeals court's precedent.
Floyd's final moments were captured on disturbing police and bystander video, and his death led to unrest and fires in the city as well as worldwide protests against police brutality and racism. All four officers involved were fired, and Chauvin is being tried separately due to coronavirus-related limits on courtroom space.
According to Minnesota law, the maximum sentence for second-degree murder is 40 years and for third-degree murder it is 25 years.

Source https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/11/us/derek-chauvin-george-floyd-charges/index.html?utm_medium=social&utm_content=2021-03-11T14%3A46%3A04&utm_term=link&utm_source=fbCNN

Re: Judge Reinstates Murder Charge Against Derek Chauvin For George Floyds Death by panafrican(m): 1:42am On Mar 13, 2021
The city also agreed to pay $ 27 million to the Floyd family.
Source BBC world news TV

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