The jury has reached a verdict in the trial of white former police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. After deliberating for just 11 hours following closing arguments delivered yesterday, the jury’s decision will be read between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. central time and issued at 4:30 p.m. eastern time in New York.
Derek Chauvin faces charge of second- and third-degree murder and second- degree manslaughter. He could be convicted on all three, some, or none.
Chauvin has pled not guilty to all charges.
President Biden earlier today said he was praying that the jury would reach the “right verdict” and said that the evidence was “overwhelming”. He had waited to call Floyd’s family and to make a public statement until after the jury was sequestered.
The Court’s statement read:
“A verdict has been reach and will soon be read in the open court between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. Minnesota is on central time, so the verdict will be issued at 4:30 p.m. in New York. The total amount of time the jury spent deliberating was less than 11 hours.”