Chauvin trial will go on as scheduled, Minnesota Appeals Court rules

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin is seen in this booking photo provided by the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office May 29. Chauvin is due to be tried on murder charges March 8. Photo courtesy Ramsey County Sheriff's Office/UPI

Feb. 14 (UPI) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals will not intervene to delay the upcoming trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd.

State prosecutors had sought to delay the trial, which is scheduled to begin March 8.

Prosecutors argued that proceedings would create a public health risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and asked the appeals court to step in and delay the trial to summer, when a single trial could be held with all four defendants.

The court ruled that prosecutors had not provided enough reasoning to merit its involvement and dismissed the appeals to delay.

“The state has not established a basis for our review of the district court’s pretrial orders,” wrote Court of Appeals Presiding Judge Tracy Smith. “Because we conclude that these appeals must be dismissed, we express no opinion on the merits of the district court’s rulings.”

Attorney General Keith Ellison‘s office filed appeals at the end of January asking the Court of Appeals to review rulings issued by Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill that ordered Chauvin to be tried alone next month.

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

The three other officers on duty and present at the time of Floyd’s death — Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane — are charged with two counts each of aiding and abetting, and will be tried together in August.

Chauvin’s legal team did not comment on the ruling.


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