Former police officer Derek Chauvin, who rose to fame after George Floyd’s death during his arrest last year, has denied a request for a new trial.
The Minneapolis judge overseeing the case of former police officer Derek Chauvin has rejected a request for a new trial.
The request for a new trial following the verdict of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been denied.
Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill ruled on Thursday evening that Chauvin “has failed to show … the court abused its discretion or made a mistake so as to deprive the defendant of his constitutional right to a fair trial.”
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Cahill also ruled that Chauvin failed to demonstrate wrongdoing by the prosecutor or the juror.
Prosecutors have demanded a 30-year prison sentence.
Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who killed George Floyd on a Minneapolis street last year, will be sentenced Friday to a possible lengthy prison term.
Chauvin, 45, was convicted in April on charges of second-degree accidental murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for his role in Floyd’s death.
Minnesota state prosecutors asked for a 30-year prison sentence, saying it would “explain the profound impact of the defendant’s behavior on the victim, the victim’s family and the community,” according to a sentencing memo.