Jury reaches verdict in George Floyd murder case

A jury has reached a verdict in the case of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who is accused of killing African-American George Floyd in May 2020. It was announced Tuesday, April 20, by Reuters on its Twitter feed.

The verdict is scheduled to be announced, as NBC News notes, at 3:30 to 4 p.m. local time .

The jury of seven women and five men began deliberating Monday after hearing testimony for three weeks. The jury deliberated for several hours, but decided to continue Tuesday.

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 U.S. over the summer.

The ex-cop’s trial began in March.

Chauvin is charged with second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Second-degree murder is punishable by a maximum sentence of 40 years. Third-degree murder is punishable by a maximum of 25 years. Manslaughter in the second degree is punishable by up to 10 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 to his death.

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.