Jury selection for the murder trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin will continue Wednesday after three jurors were chosen during Tuesday’s proceedings.
As the Star Tribune reports, attorneys and Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill interviewed ten prospective jurors on Tuesday, selecting one woman and two men to be seated on the jury. Potential jurors were asked about their ability to remain impartial, given the extensive media coverage of George Floyd’s death. The unarmed man died in May after Chauvin, then a Minneapolis police officer, pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes during Floyd’s arrest on suspicion of using a counterfeit bill at a grocery store.
Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. On Monday, jury selection was delayed as the court heard arguments on whether the judge should reinstate a third-degree murder charge. The matter remains unresolved, but Judge Cahill reportedly said he would proceed with jury selection unless the Court of Appeals files a motion to postpone the trial, which is now set to begin in late March.
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[Featured image: Derek Chauvin/Hennepin County jail; George Floyd; Facebook]