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Today we have: Derek Chauvin’s murder trial begins, The Human Rights Campaign teaming up with Lyft, and Disney+ reveals Obi-Wan Kenobi cast.
Derek Chauvin’s Murder Trial Begins
This morning Derek Chauvin’s murder trial started and this is what you need to know. The Minneapolis police officer faces second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter charges for the murder of George Floyd after kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes. According to other firsthand accounts, this is not the first time Chauvin has done this and he has used similar tactics before. If convicted of second-degree murder, Chauvin could face 11 to 15 years of prison with 40 years being the maximum.
Although Chauvin plead guilty to third-degree murder last fall before his arrest, the deal did not go through and was rejected by the attorney general. The Justice Department has continued to their civil rights investigation into George Floyd’s murder, this time with a new grand jury.
Opening statements were shared this morning at the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis and the trial is expected to last two to four weeks before the jury deliberates.