Chauvin attorney files motion for new trial

Updated: May 04, 2021 06:34 PM
Created: May 04, 2021 05:01 PM

(KSTP) - Tuesday, the attorney for Derek Chauvin filed a motion for a new trial for the former Minneapolis police officer.

In the motion, Eric Nelson, Chauvin's attorney, listed more than a dozen reasons for a new trial.

Nelson argued Chauvin's rights to a fair trial were denied when Judge Peter Cahill denied a motion for a change of venue. He also claims publicity during the proceedings threatened fairness in the trial.  

The attorney also requested a hearing to impeach the verdict based "on the grounds that the jury committed misconduct, felt threatened or intimidated, felt race-based pressure during the proceedings, and/or failed to adhere to instructions during deliberations.

It is not immediately clear if Tuesday's motion is in connection to media interviews done by Brandon Mitchell, who served as Juror 52 during the trial.

Chauvin was found guilty two weeks ago of killing George Floyd and is being held at Minnesota Correctional Facility – Oak Park Heights. He is scheduled to be sentenced next month.

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