Derek Chauvin on Tuesday requested a new trial after being convicted in April of second degree murder and other charges for the death of George Floyd.
Attorney Eric J. Nelson says in the petition that Chauvin was denied a fair trial because of “prosecutor and jury misconduct; errors of law at trial ”, and that the resulting jury verdict was“ against the law ”.
Chauvin, who is white, was convicted in April of unintentional second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter for pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes while that the black man said he couldn’t breathe and walked away still.
The petition argues that “the Court abused its discretion in failing to confine the jury for the duration of the trial” and “the state committed widespread and prejudicial misconduct to the prosecution, which deprived Mr. . Chauvin of his constitutional rights to due process and a fair trial. “
Chauvin is expected to be sentenced in June. The Minnesota attorney general filed documents last week calling for Chauvin to be sentenced to a harsher prison term for the murder of George Floyd, arguing that the former Minneapolis cop inflicted torturous murder methods as Floyd pleaded for his life.