A verdict has been reached in Derek Chauvin’s trial over the death of George Floyd, according to a court notice posted on the Hennepin County Court website.
The jurors’ decision will be read in open court between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET, the court said.
The jury of five men and seven women deliberated for four hours Monday afternoon and resumed its deliberations Tuesday morning, according to the court. They are sequestered from the public during deliberations.
Chauvin, 45, has pleaded not guilty to unintentional second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter.
- the unintentional second degree murder The prosecution alleges that Chauvin caused Floyd’s death “without intent” while committing or attempting to commit a felony of third degree assault. In turn, third degree assault is defined as the intentional infliction of significant bodily harm.
- the third degree murder The prosecution alleges that Chauvin caused Floyd’s death by “committing an act eminently dangerous to others and manifesting a depraved spirit, without regard for human life”.
- the second degree manslaughter The prosecution alleges that Chauvin caused Floyd’s death by “culpable negligence whereby the person creates unreasonable risk and knowingly takes risks of causing death or grievous bodily harm.”
Each of the three charges requires prosecutors to prove that Chauvin’s actions were not objectively reasonable and that they were a substantial cause of Floyd’s death. But the accusations differ mainly in how they interpret his intention and state of mind during his detention of Floyd.
Some of the terms of these fees have specific definitions. Others were left to the jury to interpret.
As in any criminal case, the prosecution has the burden of proof and must prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt. Any verdict rendered by the jury must be unanimous.
Remember: The charges should be seen as separate, so that it can be convicted for all, some or none of them. If convicted, Chauvin could face up to 40 years in prison for second degree murder, up to 25 years for third degree murder and up to 10 years for second degree manslaughter.
The actual sentences would likely be much lower, however, because Chauvin was never convicted. Minnesota’s sentencing guidelines recommend about 12.5 years in prison for each murder charge and about four years for the manslaughter charge. The judge would ultimately decide the exact length of time and whether these would be served at the same time or consecutively.
Learn more about the charges against Chauvin here.
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