DEREK Chauvin’s mom said he is a “good man and believes in his innocence” over George Floyd’s death.
It came after 7-year-old Gianna Floyd spoke and described how she misses her dad and loves him.
The former Minneapolis cop is set to be sentenced on Friday afternoon, just weeks after he was found guilty of all charges against him.
Carolyn Pawlenty, Derek Chauvin’s mom, spoke in court ahead of the decision, telling the judge “my son is a good man.”
“The public will never know the loving and caring man he is, but his family does,” she insisted, before adding that a “lengthy sentence will not serve Derek well.”
Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes as he said “I can’t breathe” and went limp.
Earlier on today, Chauvin’s attorney requested a new trial after it was reported that one of the jurors on the case attended an anti-police protest last summer, but Judge Peter Cahill has refused to grant the request.
Attorney Eric Nelson requested the trial on the grounds of: “the interest of justice; abuse of discretion that deprived the Defendant of a fair trial; prosecutorial and jury misconduct; errors of law at trial; and a verdict that is contrary to law.”
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