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Murder case against ex-cop Derek Chauvin in Floyd's death goes to jury

3 weeks 8 hours 55 minutes ago Monday, April 19 2021 Apr 19, 2021 April 19, 2021 4:09 PM April 19, 2021 in News
Source: Associated Press
Defense attorney Eric Nelson (left) defendant and former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin (right) and Nelson's assistant Amy Voss (back) introduced themselves to jurors in the Hennepin County trial of Derek Chauvin on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The murder case against former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd has gone to the jury.

Twelve jurors — six of them white, six Black or multiracial — are beginning deliberations in a city on edge against another round of unrest.

During closing arguments Monday, prosecutors contended that Chauvin squeezed the life out of Floyd by pinning his knee against Floyd’s neck last May, ignoring bystanders, his own training and common sense.

The defense argued that the now-fired white officer acted reasonably and that the 46-year-old Black man died of an underlying heart condition and illegal drug use.

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