Updated: April 19, 2021 05:11 PM
Created: March 29, 2021 09:23 AM
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The murder case against former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd has gone to the jury. Twelve jurors are beginning deliberations in a city on edge against another round of unrest.
During closing arguments, prosecutors argued that Chauvin squeezed the life out of Floyd by pinning his knee against Floyd's neck last May, ignoring bystanders 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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Chauvin faces one count each of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in connection with the in-custody death of Floyd on May 25, 2020.
Three other former officers involved in Floyd’s arrest are scheduled to stand trial in August. They are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter.
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