Jury Selection Delayed In Derrick Chauvin Trial

The trial of the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd is on hold while an appeal proceeds over the possible reinstatement of a third-degree murder charge. NBC's Jay Gray reports.

MINNEAPOLIS, Mn. (NBC News) — Jury selection in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd, was delayed Monday by at least a day.

The court is waiting on a ruling on whether a third-degree murder charge will be a part of the case moving forward.

Prosecutors want to give jurors a third option for a possible conviction against Chauvin, who was seen in a cell phone video with his knee pinning George Floyd’s neck to the ground for nearly nine minutes before he died.

Floyd’s death, and the video, triggered a nationwide outcry against police brutality.

Chauvin currently faces second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges.

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