Derek Chauvin, the ex-agent who killed Floyd, calls for another trial. The ex-agent’s lawyer insists on blaming the victim’s heart disease and drug use.
Derek Chauvin, the former policeman who murdered George Floyd in May last year, filed a motion on Tuesday to request a new trial in this case, after he was already convicted of three counts for the death of the African American on April 20.
The motion, filed by defense attorney Eric Nelson in a court in Minneapolis (Minnesota, USA), argues that during the trial against Chauvin there was an “abuse of discretion that deprived the accused of a fair trial, misconduct by the prosecutor and the jury , errors of law in the trial and a verdict contrary to the law “.
” Advertisinghere it was so pervasive and so damaging before and during this trial that it amounted to a structural flaw in the process, “Nelson wrote. According to counsel, the prosecutors committed misconduct such as” belittling the defense, improperly attesting and not adequately prepare your witnesses. ”
Chauvin, 45, was convicted of second degree involuntary murder , punishable by up to 40 years in prison; murder in the third degree, with a maximum sentence of 25 years, and involuntary manslaughter in the second degree, which carries up to 10 years of deprivation of liberty and a financial fine of $ 20,000.
The ex-agent was videotaped kneeling for more than 9 minutes on Floyd’s neck , who was handcuffed and immobilized face down on the ground and pleaded: “I can’t breathe.” During the trial, Nelson assured the jury that Chauvin “did not use illegal force on purpose.” “This was not a strangulation,” he said, and justified the actions of Chauvin and the other police officers who kept Floyd on the ground .
According to Nelson, Floyd’s heart disease and his drug use were decisive factors: “They are trying to convince them that Mr. Floyd’s heart disease played no role … I am not suggesting that this was an overdose death … .), but it is absurd to say that this did not affect ”.
The sentence against Chauvin will be announced on June 16, according to a notification from the Hennepin County (Minnesota) court, where Chauvin was tried.