Minneapolis — Derek Chauvin was convicted on Tuesday for being involved in the death of George Floyd. This ruling could send a shameful former Minneapolis police officer to jail for the rest of his life.
When the judge read the jury’s verdict, Chauvin’s eyes in a gray suit shook darts from side to side on his face mask, but he barely disturbed his emotions.
Shovin was convicted of two and three murders and two manslaughter charges, ordered the judge to revoke his bail, and placed his hand in handcuffs before being taken out of court. After that, I got up immediately. He faces up to 75 years in prison when he returns for a sentence in eight weeks.
The second murder can be sentenced to up to 40 years. Third-class murders can be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison. Two manslaughter charges can be punished for up to 10 years.
The third-class murder charges were initially dismissed, but revived a few days before the jury selection began, after the Court of Appeals’ ruling in an unrelated case established new grounds.
Outside the courthouse, the crowd cheered when the words of the judgment were filtered.
“All three are counted! All three are counted!” The relieved crowd chanted.
A panel of seven women and five men began deliberations on Monday after three weeks of witness testimony.
When the black Floyd was handcuffed and lying on the ground, the white Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.
Prosecutors alleged that Chauvin’s actions caused Floyd to die from hypoxia or suffocation. The defense argued that Floyd’s illegal substance use and existing heart disease were the cause, and urged the jury not to rule out other theories, including exposure to carbon monoxide.
In closing arguments, the prosecutor tried to draw the jury’s attention at 9:29, when Chauvin said he knelt on Floyd’s neck, but Chauvin’s lawyer said, “9:29 before. Ignore 16 minutes and 59 seconds. ” Interaction.
Prosecutors called on 38 witnesses, including a teenager who recorded a video of a widely seen bystander who gained worldwide attention to Floyd’s death. Other bystanders who testified to her said she was suffering from Floyd’s death and wanted to do more to save his life. The defense called for seven witnesses, two of whom were experts.
Chauvin Agreed to plead guilty to third-class murder A few days after Floyd’s death, then US Attorney General William Barr refused the deal because he was worried that the investigation might be too early and too generous.
Floyd’s death triggered international protests against police atrocities and racial injustice.Minneapolis City with Trial Possibility of anxiety Beyond the verdict.