Derek Chauvin trial wraps up Monday

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MINNEAPOLIS, Min. (WTRF) – Closing arguments are set for Monday in the murder and manslaughter trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

The jury has a lot to consider, after hearing 38 witnesses.

7News Legal Expert Diana Crutchfield says there are two main issues; what actually caused George Floyd’s death and whether Derek Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck was a “reasonable use of force.”

After both sides wrap up, the jury will be sequestered.

The judge told them to bring a bag. They’ll put them up in a hotel. They’ll make sure they get meals. They’ll tell them don’t read any newspapers, don’t go online, because you want the jury only to consider what evidence was presented in the courtroom.

Diana Crutchfield, 7News Legal Expert

Crutchfield said the judge agreed to instruct the jury that they can’t infer guilt from the fact that Chauvin chose not to testify.

In the end, all 12 jurors will have to agree in order to convict. A unanimous verdict is required in Minnesota. 

Stay with 7News and for the latest on the trial.

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