George Floyd murder trial delayed following Chauvin appeal

former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, who was arrested Friday, May 29, 2020, in the Memorial Day death of George Floyd.

A Minnesota judge has delayed jury selection in the murder trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, according to reports.

Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill paused the proceedings Monday morning while prosecutors seek guidance from a state appeals court over a disputed additional charge of third-degree murder against the former police officer, Fox News reported.

Chauvin is currently charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, but Cahill tossed the additional charge last year.

The state attorney general appealed the ruling to the Court of Appeals, which ruled Friday that Cahill erred in dismissing the extra charge.

Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, said Monday he would file an appeal with the Minnesota Supreme Court, the state’s highest court, but urged Cahill to continue jury selection, Fox said.

However, prosecutors said they want clear guidance from the appeals panel before moving forward with the highly anticipated trial.

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was arrested Friday, May 29, 2020, in the death of George Floyd.
Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File

Chauvin, 44, is charged with killing Floyd on May 25 by pressing his knee to the back of his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest at a Minneapolis intersection.

The caught-on-video incident sparked worldwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice — prompting unprecedented security measures for Chauvin’s trial.

Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over a hearing before jury selection in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the alleged murder of George Floyd.

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