Derek Chauvin's defense asks to delay trial in light of Minneapolis settlement with Floyd family
March 15, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Derek Chauvin's defense attorney Eric Nelson asked the court Monday to delay Chauvin's criminal trial or re-question jurors in the wake of a $27 million civil settlement between Minneapolis and George Floyd's family.
(CNN)Derek Chauvin's defense attorney Eric Nelson asked the court Monday to delay Chauvin's criminal trial or re-question jurors in the wake of a $27 million civil settlement between Minneapolis and George Floyd's family.
In a hearing Monday, Nelson said he is "gravely concerned" by the announcement, calling it "incredibly prejudicial. "
The defense said a delay of the trial or more questioning of jurors would be among the appropriate remedies.
The prosecution acknowledged that the timing of the settlement was "unfortunate" but pushed back against the defense's proposed remedies.
Judge Peter Cahill, who is overseeing the trial, said he would call the seven jurors already selected in the case back and question them about the settlement.
He said he would take the defense motion for a delay under advisement.
The consequences of that settlement were made clear with the first juror questioned on Monday.
The juror told the judge she "almost gasped" when she heard about the $27 million settlement and said she could not be fair to Chauvin.
The request came as the second week of jury selection got underway in the trial of Chauvin, the former Minneapolis Police Officer accused of killing George Floyd on May 25, 2020.
Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter charges.
Jury selection in the case began on March 9, and seven jurors have been seated in the case as of Monday morning.
Of the seven jurors selected so far, four are white, one is Black, one is Hispanic, and one is mixed race, according to how the court says they self-identified on their jury survey.
Five of the jurors are men and two are women.