Derek Chauvin found guilty on ALL three charges of murder and manslaughter in death of George Floyd, faces 75 years in prison
Derek Chauvin has been found guilty on all counts – second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter – in the death of George Floyd.
The jury returned its verdict on Tuesday afternoon after just 10 and a half hours of deliberation.
As the verdict was read out Chauvin looked on with no visible emotion in the Hennepin County courtroom, where jurors spent three weeks listening to testimony about the day Floyd died – under the weight of the 45-year-old officer’s knee – during an arrest on May 25, 2020.
The jury returned its verdict on Tuesday afternoon after just 10 and a half hours of deliberation
As the verdict was read out Chauvin looked on without emotion in the Hennepin County courtroom
Jurors spent three weeks listening to testimony about the day George Floyd died under Chauvin’s knee
Floyd, 46, was arrested outside the Cup Foods convenience store in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020
The jury did not send back any questions to the judge or asked to review any documents
Judge Peter Cahill thanked the jury for not only jury service but ‘heavy duty jury service’
Cheers rose from the crowds that had gathered outside the courthouse and at George Floyd Square
Chauvin faces a minimum sentence of 12.5 years and maximum of 40 years if he serves terms for each charge concurrently; If served consecutively, he faces between 29 and 75 years
On Tuesday night he was transferred to Oak Park Heights prison – the only maximum security in the state
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi thanked George Floyd for ‘sacrificing your life for justice’
California Congresswoman Maxine Waters said Tuesday she was ‘not celebrating’ following the guilty verdict – days after her own call for protesters to get ‘confrontational’ caused an uproar
Jurors had not sent back any questions to the judge or asked to review any of the hundreds of exhibits entered in the course of the trial
Cheers rose from the crowds that had gathered outside the courthouse and down at the intersection of 38th and Chicago now known as George Floyd Square
Possible minimum sentence if served consecutively would be 29 years behind bars with a maximum sentence of 75 years
Possible minimum sentence if served concurrently would be 12.5 years
Verdict came just hours after President Joe Biden called the evidence against Chauvin ‘overwhelming’