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Derek Chauvin trial, Hispanic caucus at White House, Apple event: 5 things to know Tuesday

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Jurors in Chauvin trial deliberating charges against ex-officer

The jury in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is deliberating after hearing legal instructions on the three criminal charges filed against him. Chauvin is charged with second-degree and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd last May. Here’s what each of those charges entail:

  • Second-degree murder charge is causing the death of a human being, without intent to cause that death, while committing or attempting to commit another felony. In this case, the alleged felony was third-degree assault.
  • Third-degree murder charge means to unintentionally cause someone’s death by committing an act that is eminently dangerous to other persons while exhibiting a depraved mind, with reckless disregard for human life. 
  • Second-degree manslaughter is culpable negligence where a person creates an unreasonable risk and consciously takes the chance of causing death or great bodily harm to someone else. 

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