Derek Chauvin’s request for new trial is denied hours before sentencing
Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who killed George Floyd last year is set to be sentenced today Friday to a potentially lengthy prison stay.
Convicted in April on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for his role in Floyd’s death.
Hours before sentencing, Chauvin’s post-verdict motion for a new trial was denied by a judge.
Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill ruled Thursday night that Chauvin “failed to demonstrate … the Court abused its discretion or committed error such that Defendant was deprived of his constitutional right to a fair trial.”
Cahill also ruled that Chauvin failed to demonstrate prosecutorial or juror misconduct.
Defense attorneys had argued that “errors, abuses of discretion, prosecutorial and jury misconduct” made the trial unfair.