Chauvin also faces a second-degree murder charge that could sentence him to about 15 years in prison and a manslaughter charge that could carry a 10-year prison sentence.
On May 25, 2020, he was recorded by security cameras and bystanders' cell phones as he pressed his knee against Floyd's neck, who complained that he could not breathe and suffocated to death.
With the admission of the third-degree murder charge, the jury will have a new option to convict Chauvin if it finds that his actions did not involve second-degree murder, i.e., a murder that was not premeditated but involved the intent to kill.
10 Months later after George Floyd was killed in the US by Police, Mthokozisi Ntumba is killed in South Africa. Floyd killers were arrested the following day, in South Africa it will take 10 years for the arrest��
This Thursday is the third day of jury selection for the Chauvin trial, which is expected to begin on March 29 with the opening of oral arguments. So far, 5 out of 12 jurors have been selected. Those selected are three white males and two black citizens.
Cahill made the decision to add a new charge against Chauvin after the Minnesota Court of Appeals asked him to reconsider the third-degree murder charge, which he had dismissed in October.
Former police officers Thomas Lane, Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao have also been charged with aiding and abetting Floyd's murder. Their trial is expected to begin next summer. In the meantime, they are out on bail.
#FromTheSouth News Bits | This Tuesday the high-profile trial of the former police officer accused of killing George Floyd—an African-American man whose death sparked mass protests against systemic racism and police brutality in the US and worldwide—began with the jury selection. pic.twitter.com/xKjt4iAEnM