A jury could not reach a verdict on the first day of the trial for the murder of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Star Tribune reported this on Monday, April 19.
According to the newspaper, the jury deliberated for several hours, but decided to continue deliberations on Tuesday. It is noted that the jury will be isolated from the other participants in the trial and will spend the night in a hotel. The decision must be made unanimously. There is no time limit on this.
Floyd is accused of killing former police officer Derek Chauvin, who used a chokehold while arresting an African-American man in May 2020. The incident caused widespread public outcry, with protests against police violence and discrimination against black people taking place in the United States over the summer.
The trial of the ex-cop began in March. The most serious of the crimes charged against the ex-cop is second-degree murder. If Chauvin is found guilty, he could be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison.
Earlier in April, Andrew Baker, chief medical examiner for Hennepin County, Minnesota, said Floyd died as a result of police use of force during an arrest, but that his heart condition and drug use also contributed.
In turn, Chauvin’s lawyer states that Floyd’s death may have been caused by his heart condition or his use of fentanyl and methamphetamine.