Judge orders one trial for four ex-cops charged in George Floyd's killing, keeps case in Minneapolis

A Minneapolis judge on Thursday rejected a defense request for a change of venue in the trial of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death.

Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill also ruled the ex-cops will be tried at the same time in the county on March 8 for charges stemming from a death that was caught on video and became part of a rally cry for police brutality around the country.
Defense lawyers argued that publicity surrounding the high-profile case would prevent the officers from getting a fair trial and they raised safety concerns for the defendants and potential witnesses.
Cahill declined to move the trial but said he would reconsider a move if needed. And he ruled that holding a single proceeding for the four officers would ensured that jurors understandall of the evidence and the complete picture of Floyd’s death.
    And it would allow this community, this State, and the nation to absorb the verdicts for the four Defendants at once,” Cahill wrote in his ruling.
    The judge granted a defense request to allow cameras in the courtroom. The identities of the jurors will not be divulged publicly and the panel will be partially sequestered, según documentos judiciales.
    The jury will be fully sequestered during deliberations.
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    The murder of George Floyd occurred in Minneapolis and it is right that the defendants should be tried in Minneapolis,” Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said in a statement Thursday. “It is also true that they acted in concert with each other and the evidence against them is similar, so it is right to try them in one trial.
    Former officer Derek Chauvin faces charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s May 25 muerte.
    Videos of the incident show Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes as Floyd told Chauvin and three other officers that he couldn’t breathe.
    Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, who helped restrain Floyd, and Tou Thao, who stood near the others, are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
    Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, declined comment Thursday morning.
    CNN has also sought comment from the attorneys for Thao, Lane and Keung as well as Ben Crump, who represents the Floyd family.
    Chauvin last month was allowed to live in a neighboring state due to safety concerns stemming from his involvement in the Floyd’s death.
    He posted $ 1 million bail and was released from custody. He was allowed to leave the state while he awaits trial, de acuerdo con los registros judiciales. As part of the order, he must keep his cell phone on him at all times.
    The Minnesota Department of Corrections has evidencesupporting safety concerns that have arisenin his conditional release supervision, according a court order filed.
      Chauvin, Kueng, Lane and Thao have been fired.
      Floyd’s death sparked massive, ongoing protests around the country.

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