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[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

[People gather at the unveiling of artist Kenny Altidor’s memorial portrait of George Floyd – who died 25 May in Minneapolis with police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes – painted on a storefront sidewall of CTown Supermarket on July 13, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York. Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images]
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Derek Chauvin’s bail was revoked and he will remain in custody until his sentencing.

[This is a breaking and developing story, please check back for updates]

 

 



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