Verdict reached in high-profile George Floyd murder case, will be delivered soon

After less than 11 hours of deliberation, the jury in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is being accused of murdering George Floyd, has reached a verdict.

The decision is highly anticipated in the high-profile case regarding three charges brought against Chauvin pertaining to the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.

The verdict will be read in open court between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. local time, meaning 4:30pm Eastern Standard Time.

The former police office was charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The murder charges each carry 10 to 15 years behind bars, while manslaughter carries 41 to 57 months.

While the maximum prison sentence for second-degree murder under Minnesota law is 40 years, many have asserted that Chauvin would probably face at most 12 1/2 years if convicted, given state sentencing guidelines.

As the public awaits the jury’s decision, the world stands in anticipation to see whether justice is served for the death of George Floyd, which sparked worldwide protests against racial injustice over the past year.

Noah Pitcher is a global politics correspondent for Today News Africa covering the U.S. government, United Nations, African Union, and other actors involved in international developments, political controversies, and humanitarian issues.

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