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What to expect in closings for ex-cop’s trial in Floyd death

For three weeks, prosecutors at the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd played and replayed video, supplementing the bystander video that shocked the world with multiple other angles of Floyd’s arrest. And over and over, Derek Chauvin’s attorney argued that the visual evidence is deceptive, and that Floyd was

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The Derek Chauvin Trial — Day 13

Editor’s Note: See our coverage of the first day of the trial here, the second day here, and the third day here, the fourth day here, the fifth day here, the sixth day here, the seventh day here, the eighth day here, the ninth day here, the tenth day here, the eleventh day here, and the twelfth day here.  The only witness on the stand yesterday was

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Defense rests without Chauvin testimony at murder trial

Former Officer Derek Chauvin chose not to take the stand as testimony at his murder trial ended Thursday, passing up the chance to explain to the jury and the public for the first time what he was thinking when he pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck. Closing arguments are set to begin Monday, after

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The Derek Chauvin Trial — Day Four

See our coverage of the first day of the trial here, the second day here, and the third day here. The surprise of the day came when George Floyd’s girlfriend, Courteney Ross, told prosecutor Eric Nelson that she was saved in Floyd’s phone as “Mama,” Floyd’s pet name for her. This raised the possibility that the “Mama” Floyd

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Deputy’s Foot Pursuit leads to the Arrest of Warrant Suspect in Yarnell

On March 15, 2021, deputies in the community of Yarnell arrested 25-year-old Jessica Nodal after a brief foot pursuit and Taser deployment. Deputies were aware Nodal had 2 warrants, one out of Arizona and the other from California for Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Deputies were alerted by a 911 call to Nodal’s location in

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Judge won’t move trial in Floyd’s death; 13th juror picked

A judge said Friday he won’t delay or move the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death over concerns that a $27 million settlement for Floyd’s family could taint the jury pool, but he’ll allow limited evidence from a 2019 arrest. Jury selection in the trial of Derek Chauvin will

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