Just 10 hours after the defense team representing former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin rested their case, the jury reached a speedy verdict of guilty of second and third-degree murder.
The jury also found Chauvin guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter. Chauvin was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
The jury’s decision hinged on one interpretation: whether or not Chauvin caused George Floyd’s death and if his actions were reasonable.
Chauvin’s defense sought a mistrial verdict from Judge Peter Cahill due to the case’s pu…