The jury for the trial of Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd has been selected, and opening statements are set to begin on Monday, March 29.
Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the May 25, 2020, death of Floyd.
He is the first of four former officers to go to trial in the case. The other three men will be tried together, with their trial scheduled to begin in August.
After two weeks of jury selection, a 15th and final juror was chosen Tuesday morning. Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill initially said he wanted to have 14 jurors (12 jurors and two alternates) seated for opening statements, but on Friday decided to add a 15th juror.
The 15th juror — a married white man in his 20s — will be dismissed on Monday unless they lose another juror before then due to seeing news about the case or other reasons, longtime public defender Mary Moriarty explained on Twitter. Judge Cahill can't seat all 15 jurors because of COVID-19 restrictions.
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Here's the makeup of the jury (jurors identities are kept confidential until Judge Cahill deems it OK to be made public following the conclusion of the trial):
- Black man in his 30s (juror No. 27)
- Black man in his 30s (juror No. 52)
- Black man in his 40s (juror No. 79)
- Black woman in her 60s (juror No. 91)
- Multi-race woman in her 20s (juror No. 9)
- Multi-race woman in her 40s (juror No. 85)
- White man in his 30s (juror No. 19)
- White man in his 20s (juror No. 2)
- White man in his 20s (juror No. 131, the 15th juror chosen)
- White woman in her 50s (juror No. 44)
- White woman in her 50s (juror No. 55)
- White woman in her 50s (juror No. 89)
- White woman in her 50s (juror No. 96)
- White woman in her 40s (juror No. 92)
- White woman in her 20s (juror No. 118)
All 14 jurors will listen to the trial, which is expected to last 2-4 weeks, and then the 12 members of the jury (sans the two alternates, which are typically the last two jurors chosen) will be sequestered while they deliberate whether to convict or acquit Chauvin on any or all of the charges against him.