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Derek Chauvin trial live: One more juror needs to be selected before opening statements next week


MINNEAPOLIS — Jury selection in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin continued into a third week Monday, with just seven days to go before opening statements and only one more juror needed. 

One juror was selected so far Monday, bringing the tally to 14 jurors. The court will need a total of 15 – 12 to deliberate and three to serve as alternates.

Floyd, a Black man, died in police custody on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. As he lay on the ground under Chauvin, Floyd cried out, “I can’t breathe” more than 20 times. The incident sparked protests worldwide.

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Latest updates:

  • A fourteenth juror was selected Monday. Her addition brings the pool to five men and nine women. Eight people identify as white, two as multiracial and four as Black, according to the court. Six of the jurors are in their 20s or 30s, three in their 40s, four in their 50s and one in their 60s.
  • Attorneys for the defense and prosecution have spent the past two weeks questioning potential jurors about their views on racism, discrimination, policing of communities of color and Black Lives Matter. Last week, lead defense attorney Eric Nelson told a prospective juror that the trial is “not about race.”
  • Jurors will be allowed to hear evidence related to George Floyd’s arrest in 2019, Cahill ruled Friday. He also denied the defense’s request to move or delay the trial.
  • Opening statements are scheduled to start March 29.

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14th juror added: This is the Derek Chauvin jury so far

A fourteenth juror was added Monday, a white woman in her 20s who works as a social worker, meaning only one more potential juror is needed to fill the jury pool ahead of opening statements next week. 

The jurors, five men and nine women, have been selected for Derek Chauvin’s trial. Twelve will serve on the jury and deliberate his fate while three are set to serve as alternates.


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