Citing public health, prosecutors to request trial of former officers in Floyd case be moved to June

From left: Derek Chauvin, J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Photo: Hennepin County Jail. From left: Derek Chauvin, J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao.

Updated: January 12, 2021 09:05 AM
Created: December 31, 2020 02:18 PM

Thursday, prosecutors in the case against the four former officers charged in the killing of George Floyd provided a notice to the court that it will bring a motion forward to move the trial to begin on June 7. 

In a memorandum supporting the motion, prosecutors cited public health around COVID-19 as its reasoning. 

Judge sets hearing for motion to delay trial for 4 former officers in George Floyd case

"Such a continuance would 'substantially lower' the risks of COVID-19 transmission at trial, as 'it is likely that tens of millions – if not 100 million Americans – will receive vaccinations in three months between March 2021 and June 2021," the memorandum reads. 

While asking for the continuance, the state says it is prepared to try the case at its current trial date of March 8. 

The defense had already requested the trial be delayed arguing that they should get more time to prepare because prosecutors entered potential evidence beyond a deadline. 

Derek Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. Tou Thao, J Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane are each charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter.

Lane objected to the state's motion for a continuance on Thursday afternoon.

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