The legal team for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of murdering George Floyd last month, has filed a motion in a Minnesota court requesting a new trial on multiple grounds, including jury misconduct.
Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd last month.
In the filing, Chauvin’s attorney says the former officer should have a new trial in the “interests of justice; abuse of discretion that deprived the Defendant of a fair trial; prosecutorial and jury misconduct; errors of law at trial; and a verdict that is contrary to law.”
Chauvin’s lawyer also claimed that the court ‘failed to sequester the jury’ throughout the trial and alleged that the jury was exposed to ‘prejudicial publicity’ and ‘jury intimidation’ that prevented his client from receiving a fair trial.
Floyd’s killing in May 2020, captured on cellphone video that later went viral, sparked protests nationwide. Chauvin could be seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly 10 minutes during an arrest after he allegedly passed a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store.