Judge in George Floyd Murder Trial Permits Third-degree Murder Charge Against the Accused
Derek Chauvin already faces a more serious charge of second-degree murder
A Minnesota judge granted a request by prosecutors on Thursday to reinstate a charge of third-degree murder against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who is on trial already facing second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.
Judge Peter Cahill’s decision comes after the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that he must reconsider a third-degree murder charge against 44-year-old Chauvin, whose trial got underway with jury selection this week in Minneapolis.
“I have to follow the rule that the court of appeals has put in place,” Cahill said in explaining his decision.
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