[BREAKING] Guilty Verdict Reached In Derek Chauvin Murder Trial On All Counts
After almost a year of nearly endless protests that began in the wake of George Floyd’s death and an emotionally charged televised trial, closing arguments ended Monday and the sequestered jury began deliberating the fate of Floyd’s accused murderer, Derek Chauvin. Thousands of National Guard members and hundreds of police officers stood watch over Minneapolis as America collectively began holding its breath.
Sadly aware of how other trials like this one have turned out, business owners across the country were already boarding up their stores in anticipation of riots on Monday afternoon. But those expecting a long jury deliberation were caught off guard on Tuesday with the surprise announcement that the jury had already reached a verdict in the three counts against Chauvin after barely twelve hours:
Second-Degree Unintentional Murder: GUILTY
Third-Degree Murder: GUILTY
Second-Degree Manslaughter: GUILTY
Judge Peter Cahill read the verdicts and then verified them by asking each juror if the verdicts were correct, to which all answered YES.
Derek Chauvin’s bail was revoked and he will remain in custody until his sentencing.
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