Thao’s attorney requests trial be delayed to July 2021 in George Floyd case

On Friday, former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao’s attorney requested a delay for the jury trial in the George Floyd case.

The trial is expected to begin in March. Thao’s attorney, Robert Paule, asked a judge to move the trial to July, arguing prosecutors disclosed expert witnesses months after they had the court ordered.

The defense says that it has hurt their ability to prepare for the trial and could potentially get in the way of Thao having a fair trial, according to documents filed in court.

Former officer Thao, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng are each charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd. Former officer Derek Chauvin is facing charges of murder and manslaughter.