Third-Degree Murder Count May Be Reinstated in Floyd's Death

Third-Degree Murder Count May Be Reinstated in Floyd's Death

Hennepin County Sheriff—AP(MINNEAPOLIS) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Friday ordered a judge to reconsider adding a third-degree murder charge against a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death, handing a potential victory to prosecutors. A three-judge panel said Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill erred when he rejected a prosecution motion to reinstate the third-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin. The panel said Cahill should have followed the precedent set by the appeals court last month when it affirmed the third-degree murder conviction of former officer Mohamed Noor in the 2017 shooting death of Justine Damond. Read more: ‘America Has Its Knee on People of Color.’ Why George Floyd’s Death Was a Breaking PointJury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of Chauvin, who is currently charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. A reinstated third-degree murder count could increase the prosecution’s odds of getting a murder conviction.

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