Derek Chauvin’s Third-Degree Murder Charges dropped
A Hennepin County judge has dropped a third-degree murder charge against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd
but denied the defendant’s motion to dismiss two other charges against him. The exception was the third-degree
murder charge against Chauvin.
Judge Cahill wrote, “The language of the third-degree murder statute explicitly requires the act causing
the ‘death of another’ must be eminently dangerous ‘to others,'”
as third-degree murder is applicable in cases when a defendant’s actions could have harmed others. Chauvin is
just accused of the death of George Floyd.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, whose office is handling the case, addressed the news, stating, ”
The court has sustained eight out of nine charges against the defendants in the murder of George Floyd,
including the most serious charges against all four defendants.
This means that all four defendants will stand trial for murder and manslaughter, both in the second degree.
This is an important, positive step forward in the path toward justice for George Floyd, his family, our community, and Minnesota.
We look forward to presenting the prosecution’s case to a jury in Hennepin County.”