Former Police officer Derek Chauvin’s attorney has filed a motion for a new trial.
On April 20, a jury convicted Chauvin of all three charges against him in the murder of George Floyd.
Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson claims the court violated Chauvin’s constitutional rights for several reasons, including not allowing the trial to move outside of Hennepin County, and not sequestering the jury the entire time. He also says the jury committed misconduct, and wants a hearing to throw out the verdict.
A spokesperson from the office of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison released a statement saying, “The court has already rejected many of these arguments and the State will vigorously oppose them.”
The former Minneapolis cop was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death after 10 hours of deliberations. Floyd’s arrest was caught on camera and showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.
Chauvin is due to be sentenced on June 16. He faces a combined 75 years in prison, based on the state’s sentencing guidelines. He could receive more time in prison if the judge in the case agrees with the prosecutors’ legal arguments.
Lead prosecutor Matthew Frank says Chauvin deserves a sentence stiffer than the state guidelines dictate because he held a position of authority and treated Floyd, a vulnerable victim, with cruelty.