Minneapolis policeman accused in Floyd killing to stand trial without three other defendants
By Rich McKay (Reuters) - The former Minneapolis policeman accused of killing a Black man by kneeling on his neck will stand trial alone, without three officers accused of aiding and abetting the alleged murder, a Minnesota judge ruled Tuesday, in part because of COVID-19 concerns.
By Rich McKay
(Reuters) - The former Minneapolis policeman accused of killing a Black man by kneeling on his neck will stand trial alone, without three officers accused of aiding and abetting the alleged murder, a Minnesota judge ruled Tuesday, in part because of COVID-19 concerns.
Judge Peter Cahill said in his ruling that the space limitations in the court house "make it impossible to comply with COVID-19 physical restrictions in a joint trial involving all four defendants," given the number of lawyers and support personnel expected.
Derek Chauvin, who is white, has been charged with second-degree murder and other lesser charges in the May 25 death of George Floyd, after pinning his neck to the ground for nearly nine minutes. Videos of the incident set off nationwide protests over police brutality and racism in law enforcement.
Chauvin's criminal defense attorney, Eric L. Nelson, was not immediately available to Reuters for comment.
Prosecutors were surprised by Cahill's ruling, and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said in a statement that all four officers should face charges in the same trial.
"We respectfully disagree with the court's decision," Ellison said. "We believe that all four defendants should be tried jointly," he said.
Ellison said that the evidence against all the defendants is similar and that holding more than one trial could, "retraumatize eyewitnesses and family members."
Chauvin's trial is scheduled to begin March 8 and the other three officers will be tried in August, court papers say.
(Reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)
This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.
Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.
(Reuters) -Tesla Inc chief and billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk surpassed Amazon.com Inc's top boss Jeff Bezos to become the world's richest man, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Daimler is starting the year with optimism after a strong finish to 2020, Chief Executive Ola Kaellenius said on Thursday, adding that sales in the fourth quarter had continued the strong trend seen in the preceding three months.
By Laura Sanicola NEW YORK (Reuters) -Oil prices edged higher on Thursday, hitting 11-month peaks as markets remained focused on Saudi Arabia's unexpected pledge to deepen its oil cuts and firmer equities, shrugging off political unrest in the United States. Brent crude rose 18 cents to $54.48 a barrel by 1:32 p.m. EST (1832 GMT) after touching $54.90, a high not seen since before the first COVID-19 lockdowns in the West.