THE murder and manslaughter case against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is now with the jury for deliberations.
The 45-year-old has been charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
After nearly six hours of closing arguments and rebuttal on Monday, the 12 jurors – seven women and five men – were led away to deliberate.
Monday’s deliberations ended at 8pm without a verdict on any of the three charges. They will resume on Tuesday morning.
Floyd died last May following an arrest during which Chauvin placed a knee on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds while Floyd pleaded, “I can’t breathe.”
Caught on video, those tragic final moments led to widespread protests and riots across the US against police brutality and racism.
Chauvin, along with three other police officers present during the fatal arrest, was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department the day after the death.
45 witnesses were called to the stand in recent weeks – 38 for the prosecution and seven for the defense – including the Minneapolis police chief and other officers who have openly condemned Chauvin’s actions.
One person notably absent from the list of those to take the stand was Chauvin himself, who on Thursday invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to testify.
The trial has now entered its final stage. A verdict on each count against Chauvin could take just hours or even weeks to be returned.
Minneapolis transformed into a military fortress over the weekend, as the city braces for violence over the trial’s outcome.
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