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GUILTY: Jury Reaches Verdict In Derek Chauvin Murder Trial

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of murder and manslaughter in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd.

Jurors tapped to determine Chauvin’s fate deliberated for less than 12 hours before reaching a verdict of guilty on all three charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Chauvin, who showed no emotion as the verdict was read, stood up quickly after the judge ordered his bail revoked and offered his hands to be handcuffed before he was led out of the courtroom. His conviction marks only the second known time a police officer has been convicted of murder in Minnesota.

Chauvin faces 40 years for second-degree murder, 25 years for third-degree murder and 10 years for second-degree manslaughter. Those sentences would likely be served concurrently, not consecutively, since they are all for the same crime.

Fourteen jurors heard the case, which was followed closely around the world. The jury consisted of two white men, two multiracial women, three black men, one black woman, and four white women. 

During jury selection, several prospective jurors expressed concern about their safety after the verdict is delivered. The judge has ruled their identities will remain anonymous until he deems it safe to release their names as part of the public record.

George Floyd’s family won a record civil settlement from the city of Minneapolis while the trial was ongoing, resulting in a $27 million payout.

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