- Derek Chauvin was accused of murdering George Floyd in the incident that took place on 25 May 2020
- The ex-police officer was found guilty on all three charges, two of murder and one of manslaughter
- The jury containing five men and seven women reportedly deliberated for well over 10 hours about the case
The former policeman from Minneapolis, Minnesota, who was recorded kneeling on George Floyd and leading to his death has been found guilty on all three counts.
Derek Chauvin's verdict was read today Wednesday, 21 April, at the Hennepin County court, after the jurors deliberated for more than 10 hours.
The jury of five men and seven women deliberated for four hours on Monday, 19 April, and resumed on Tuesday morning, according to CNN.
Chauvin was found guilty of all the three charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
The judge read out the verdict in front of the courtroom noting that the jurors had found him guilty on all three charges and each agreed to the ruling.
This is reported to have been one of the most closely watched cases in the Black Lives Matter era.
The maximum sentence for second-degree unintentional murder is 40 years in prison, for third-degree murder it is 25 years in prison and for second-degree manslaughter is 10 years in prison or R290 780.
He was out on bail but will now be remanded in prison and the judge, Peter Cahill, also revoked his bail as requested by the prosecution.
The judge also noted that the sentencing will be done in the next eight weeks. George Floyd's family released a statement just minutes after the verdict noting that painful justice had been earned.
Briefly News previously reported that the State of Minnesota's prosecutor's case against the murder accused, former police officer Derek Chauvin, is nearing an end and during their last briefings, they had called on George Floyd's younger brother Philonise to testify.
During his testimony, a teary-eyed and visibly overcome Philonise can be heard saying that he misses his older brother Floyd who was killed by Chauvin who knelt on his neck, causing him to asphyxiate.
Philonise also described his brother as being a momma's boy and a leader for everyone in their household. He also added that Floyd was particularly competitive, especially when it came to video games.
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