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Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in George Floyd's death

Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
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A jury has found Derek Chauvin guilty of all three charges in the killing of George Floyd. 

He was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's May 25, 2020, death. 

Chauvin was handcuffed in the courtroom as he was remanded into the custody of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. 

The trial began in early March with jury selection and included 14 days of testimony before the jury began deliberating Monday afternoon. 

It took about 10 hours for the sequestered jury to come to an agreement on the three charges. They had been weighing whether Chauvin acted reasonably when he used force to restrain Floyd, who was handcuffed, outside of Cup Foods last May and whether the now-former officer's actions killed Floyd.

The amount of time it took the jury to find Chauvin guilty is slightly faster than the 11 hours it took a jury to convict Mohamed Noor of second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder in the on-duty killing of Justine Damond. He was acquitted of second-degree murder, the most serious charge.

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During the trial, the oftentimes emotional testimony from 45 witnesses focused on Floyd's cause of death, with prosecutors telling jurors Floyd died of asphyxia from low oxygen due to Chauvin having his knee on Floyd's neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds, while they were arresting him for using a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes at Cup Foods. 

While the defense attributed Floyd's death to his underlying health conditions and drug use, saying Chauvin followed his training and acted as any police officer would, citing a hostile crowd who was shouting at police as they restrained Floyd.

Now that the jury has convicted Chauvin, Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill will determine if there were aggravating factors in the case, which could be used for the prosecution to push for a higher-than-recommended prison sentence. The Minnesota Attorney Generals Office, which is prosecuting the case, has said it would seek a longer sentence. 

Among the aggravating factors prosecutors have listed: Floyd was "particularly vulnerable" because he was handcuffed; he was treated with "particular cruelty" because Chauvin's knee was still on his neck even though Floyd was unconscious; officers abused their authority; officers committed the act as a group; and the incident occurred in front of children with a 9-year-old watching and testifying at trial. 

Second-degree unintentional murder is punishable by up to 40 years in prison and third-degree murder is punishable by up to 25 years in prison, though state sentencing guidelines call for presumptive prison terms starting at 12.5 years for someone with no criminal history. Second-degree manslaughter is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of $20,000.

It's likely Chauvin's defense will appeal the verdict.

The other three officers charged in Floyd's death — J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — are being tried together, with their trial scheduled to begin in August. 

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