3rd degree murder charge dropped against Derek Chauvin

2nd degree murder charge, aiding and abetting will stick
By 830 WCCO

The 3rd degree murder charge in the killing of George Floyd against Derek Chauvin has been dismissed.

Judge Peter Cahill released his rulings this morning that he was dismissing the 3rd degree murder charge, but he denied dismissing the 2nd degree murder charge against Chauvin.

In Minnesota, second degree murder is defined as causing death intentionally and comes with a maximum penalty of 40 years. Third degree murder is defined as unintentionally causing death, comes with a maximum of 25 years.

The 2nd degree charge came after Attorney General Keith Ellison took over the case from Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, who was criticized for filing the lesser third degree charge.

Judge Cahill also denied the motion to dismiss the aiding and abetting charges against the three other former Minneapolis Police officers who were involved.

Cahill has yet to decide on other issues, including if the trial should be moved and if the officers should be tried together or separately.

This is a breaking story. Check back for more details as they become available.

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