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UPDATE: Jury selection on pause for ex-cop charged in Floyd’s death

Derek Chauvin

UPDATE: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 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 agreed Monday that he does not have jurisdiction to rule on whether the third-degree murder charge should be reinstated against Derek Chauvin while the issue is being appealed.

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death. Legal experts say reinstating the charge will improve the odds of getting a conviction.

Chauvin’s attorney says he’ll ask the state Supreme Court to review the appeals court decision that ordered Cahill to reconsider the charge.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The fate of a former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd's neck as the Black man said he couldn't breathe will be decided by 12 jurors who will be picked after extensive grilling about their views.

Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of Derek Chauvin, who is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in connection with Floyd's death.

Picking the jury of Hennepin County residents is expected to take at least three weeks, as prosecutors and defense attorneys try to weed out potential jurors who may have biases.

Legal experts say the key will be finding jurors who can put aside their opinions and decide the case based on the evidence.

Officer accused of killing George Floyd to be tried alone.

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