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Derek Chauvin’s attorney files for new trial

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MINNEAPOLIS (WAOW) — The attorney's for Derek Chauvin have filed a motion for a new trial, only two weeks after he was found guilty of multiple charges in the death of George Floyd.

Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second degree manslaughter. The jury returned that verdict not even 24 hours after deliberations began following a two week trial.

Attorney Eric Nelson, who argued for Chauvin in court, says the court was wrong in not allowing a change of venue, not allowing a motion for a new trial and not sequestering the jury for the duration of the trial. Nelson also points to what he calls "pretrial prosecutorial misconduct" for depriving Chauvin of a fair trial by improper vouching and failing to prepare its witnesses.

Nelson goes on to argue the court abused its discretion by ordering the state to lead witnesses on direction examination and failing to keep record of sidebars during the trial.

Minnesota Attorney General Deputy Chief of Staff John Stiles said, "the court has already rejected many of these arguments and the State will vigorously oppose them."

Floyd died in May of 2020 after Minneapolis police officers arrested him on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill at a store. In a widespread bystander video of the arrest, Chauvin can be seen kneeling on Floyd's neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds.

The video gained national attention and sparked protests and sometimes violent riots.

This is a developing story, stick with News 9 as we update this story.

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