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Derek Chauvin trial live: Jury selection begins; first juror chosen said he hasn't seen viral video

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MINNEAPOLIS — Jury selection was underway Tuesday in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, a painstaking process where lawyers questioned potential jurors about their knowledge of the high-profile case and whether they could set aside any existing opinions to serve as an impartial juror.

The court heard from five prospective jurors and seated one before breaking for lunch.

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd last May. Prosecutors contend Floyd, 46, was killed by Chauvin’s knee, compressed against Floyd’s neck for more than 9 minutes while he was handcuffed and pinned to the pavement.

Three weeks have been set aside to choose the jury. Opening statements are scheduled for March 29.

Latest updates:

  • The first juror was seated Tuesday morning. The man, a chemist, said he was an “advocate of community policing” who believes “all lives matter equally.” He said he has not seen the video of Floyd’s death.
  • Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill and the lawyers asked potential jurors about their previous knowledge of the case, whether they’ve seen it on the news and how they responded to a 13-page questionnaire.  
  • Prosecutors challenged the defense Tuesday afternoon after the defense struck a second potential juror who is Hispanic. The judge denied that the strike was race-based and upheld it.
  • Meanwhile, an appeals court has yet to weigh in on whether jury selection should pause while the defense asks the state Supreme Court to review a third-degree murder charge. Jury selection had been delayed Monday due to a debate over this.
  • Derek Chauvin appeared in court Tuesday seated beside his attorney, writing notes on a legal pad. 

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