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Derek Chauvin’s attorney files motion for new trial

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Derek Chauvin, Sentencing

MINNEAPOLIS (WKOW) -- Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd, has filed for a new trial.

The motion was filed in Hennepin County court Tuesday afternoon.

The document makes several claims as to why Chauvin deserves a new trial, including that the verdict was "contrary to law.

The attorney filing the motion also made allegations of jury misconduct, prosecutorial misconduct, witness intimidation and the impact of publicity on the trial. He also said the court "abused its discretion" in not grant a change of venue or sequestering the jury.

There has been no word yet on when the judge will respond to the motion for a new trial.

The 45-year-old Chauvin faced three charges in connection with the death of 46-year-old Floyd. The charges included second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He was found guilty on all counts.

The case gained national attention and sparked protests and riots across the country when videos spread online of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's for several minutes as the Black man repeatedly said he could not breathe.



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