[BREAKING]: Convicted Murderer Derek Chauvin Files Motion For New Trial

Alleging “jury misconduct”, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin filed an appeal via his attorney for a new trial Tuesday after being convicted last month of murdering George Floyd.

Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, filed the request alleging that Chauvin’s ability to have a fair trial was affected by pretrial publicity. The motion alleges that the court abused its discretion by denying the requests for a change in venue and a new trial.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – APRIL 21: In this photo provided by the Minnesota Department of Corrections, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin poses for a booking photo after his conviction April 21, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Chauvin was found guilty on all three charges in the murder of George Floyd. (Photo by Minnesota Department of Corrections via Getty Images)

Since the court failed to sequester the jury or “admonish them to avoid all media,” they were not only subjected to prejudicial publicity but also “jury intimidation or potential fear of retribution,” Nelson’s filing said.

The jury was indeed sequestered, they just didn’t need to deliberate for very long. They unanimously found Chauvin guilty of second- and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s May 2020 death. Chauvin was denied bond and remains in custody awaiting his sentencing. He also potentially faces another charge in a separate and older case.

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