Judge Dismisses Third-Degree Murder Charge Against Derek Chauvin For His Role In George Floyd’s Death—Second-Degree Murder Charge Still Remains

Roommates, there has been a major update regarding the George Floyd murder case as it relates to the recently released Derek Chauvin. A judge has officially dismissed the third-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin, who is one of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the May death of George Floyd.

According to new reports, Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill not only ruled that Derek Chauvin’s third-degree murder charge would be thrown out—but he also ruled that his second-degree murder and manslaughter charges will remain. The ruling was made earlier this week and recently released for public viewing.

Judge Cahill said there was enough probable cause for the second-degree murder charge and manslaughter charge against Chauvin to proceed to trial. Judge Cahill also denied the defense requests to dismiss the aiding and abetting counts against the other three former officers, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao.

“In this court’s view, with one exception, the State has met its burden of showing probable cause that warrants proceeding to trial against each of these Defendants on each of the criminal charges the State has filed against them,” Judge Cahill wrote. He said it will be up to a jury to decide whether Chauvin and the other former officers are guilty in the death of George Floyd.

Earlier this month, 51 people were arrested during protests in Minnesota after Derek Chauvin was released on bail. He had been in custody in a state prison, instead of a local jail, as he awaited his March trial.

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