Minneapolis

George Floyd’s girlfriend recalls the first time they met

Courteney RossMINNEAPOLIS – George Floyd’s girlfriend testified through tears Thursday about how they prayed together the first time they met in 2017 at a Salvation Army shelter where her son’s father was staying and Floyd was a security guard. Forty-five-year-old Courteney Ross said she was upset because her son’s father was not coming to the lobby to discuss their son’s…

Judge refuses to delay, move trial of ex-cop in Floyd death

(Court TV, via AP, Pool)MINNEAPOLIS – A judge has denied a defense request to delay or move the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death after a $27 million settlement for Floyd’s family raised concern about a tainted jury. Jury selection was halfway complete last week in former officer Derek Chauvin’s trial when the city…

Historic wrongful death settlement may complicate prosecution of Chauvin

FARGO ATTORNEY SAYS $27 MILLION SETTLEMENT POSES DANGER FOR PROSECUTION AND DEFENSE

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) – A Fargo attorney says a settlement reached in a wrongful death lawsuit involving the city of Minneapolis and the family of George Floyd could backfire on the prosecution. The announcement of the $27 million settlement was made as jury selection continued in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who’s accused of killing Floyd….

Jury selection resumes in Chauvin trial

MINNEAPOLIS – Jury selection is entering its second week in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd. Seven jurors have been chosen so far to hear evidence in Derek Chauvin’s trial – five men and two women. Four are white, one is multiracial, one is Black and one is Hispanic. Attorneys need…

Minneapolis to pay $27M to settle Floyd family lawsuit

MINNEAPOLIS – The city of Minneapolis has agreed to pay $27 million to settle a civil lawsuit from George Floyd’s family over the man’s death in police custody. The settlement was announced Friday as jury selection continued in the trial of Derek Chauvin, a white former officer charged with murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death. Floyd family attorney Ben Crump…

Judge OKs 3rd-degree murder charge for Chauvin

MINNEAPOLIS – A judge has granted prosecutors’ request to add a third-degree murder charge against the former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death. Judge Peter Cahill on Thursday added the charge after the former officer, Derek Chauvin, failed to get appellate courts to block it. The judge’s decision offers jurors an additional option for conviction and finally resolves…

Attorneys sift strong opinions, anxiety among Chauvin jurors

MINNEAPOLIS – Jury selection opens its second day Wednesday in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death last May. Derek Chauvin faces second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. Several potential jurors were dismissed Tuesday, including some who said they wouldn’t be able to set aside their strong views about the case. Jury selection is proceeding…

Jury selection paused for ex-cop charged in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS – The judge overseeing the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer accused in the death of George Floyd has paused jury selection while an appeal proceeds over the possible reinstatement of a third-degree murder charge. Judge Peter Cahill said Monday that he does not have jurisdiction to rule on whether the third-degree murder charge should be reinstated against…

Man given 5 years for firebombing in George Floyd aftermath

Dakota Co. SheriffMINNEAPOLIS – A suburban Minneapolis man has been sentenced to five years in prison for firebombing a Dakota County courthouse in the riots that followed the death of George Floyd last year. Twenty-five-year-old Garrett Ziegler, of Long Lake, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to aiding and abetting arson. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised…