Jury Reaches Verdict in Derek Chauvin Trial Over Death of George Floyd

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In this image from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin listens as his defense attorney Eric Nelson gives closing arguments as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill preside Monday, April 19. Photo: AP

The jury has reached a verdict in the Derek Chauvin case for the killing of African American male George Floyd in Minnesota.

The verdict will be announced between 4 and 5 pm Daylight Saving time.

There is a strong law enforcement presence in Minnesota and other US cities in the event that violence erupts should there be a no guilty verdict.

According to Associated Press, prosecutors argued that Chauvin squeezed the life out of Floyd last May when the white officer knelt on or near the 46-year-old Black man’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes.

The defense contended that the now-fired white officer acted reasonably and that a heart condition and illegal drug use led to Floyd’s death.

The jury of six white people and six people who are Black or multiracial spent just a few hours on their task Monday after the day was mostly consumed by closing arguments. They will remain sequestered until verdicts are reached.

Chauvin, 45, is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter The most serious charge carries up to 40 years in prison.

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