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Derek Chauvin trial live: 9th juror selected; judge to consider delay after $27M civil settlement with George Floyd's family

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MINNEAPOLIS — The second week of the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kicked off Monday morning with arguments over the stunning news Friday of a $27 million settlement in George Floyd’s death. 

The arguments centered on whether the news, which happened amid the jury selection process, may have impacted the impartiality of the jury pool in Chauvin’s trial.

Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill said he would consider delaying the proceedings and ordered the seven jurors that had been selected last week be brought back before the court and questioned about their exposure to the news. 

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter charges, and the judge allowed prosecutors to reinstate a third-degree murder charge last week.

Floyd died in police custody on May 25, 2020, when Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. As he lay on the ground under Chauvin, Floyd, who was Black, cried out “I can’t breathe” more than 20 times. The incident sparked protests worldwide.

Latest updates:

  • Nine jurors have been selected to serve on Chauvin’s trial. Five of the jurors identify as white, one as multiracial, one as Hispanic and two as Black, according to the court. Seven of the jurors are in their 20s or 30s, and two are in their 50s.
  • The first potential juror questioned Monday was excused after immediately noting headlines Friday about city leaders approving a $27 million civil settlement in Floyd’s death — something the potential juror said came off as an admission of guilt and that the city could not win the lawsuit. The issue is something Chauvin’s attorneys raised as potentially preventing a fair trial.  
  • The judge has set aside at least three weeks for jury selection. Opening statements are scheduled no sooner than March 29.

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