Judge Dismisses 3rd-Degree Murder Charge Against Former Officer Derek Chauvin

Written by on October 22, 2020

Hennepin County Judge Peter A. Cahill judge has dismissed a third-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin, one of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd, according to updated reports by FOX9. Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter four days after Floyd’s May 25th death. The charge was upgraded to second-degree murder at the same time Attorney General Keith Ellison announced charges against the other three officers involved in Floyd’s murder. Despite dismissing his third-degree charge, Judge Cahill ruled that his second-degree murder and manslaughter charges will remain. n addition to that, Cahill also ruled Thursday against dismissing the aiding and abetting charges against the other three fired Minneapolis police officers that were involved in Floyd’s tragic death: Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane. It was noted that Judge Cahill stayed the dismissal of Chauvin’s third-degree murder charge for five days to allow the state to appeal the ruling. All four officers were fired the day after Floyd’s death but have since been released on bond.

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