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After nearly three weeks of testimony, the defense rested its case Thursday in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Here's a look back at each day's testimony.
These are the individuals who have testified so far in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd.
Derek Chauvin said in court he will not testify in his murder trial, and the defense announced it has completed its case. The trial is recessed until closing arguments on Monday.
Here's a look at the major players in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer for the killing of George Floyd.
The suspect was wounded in an exchange of gunfire, authorities say.
Citing 'serious threat to public health,' prosecutors ask judge to reconsider holding two trials in George Floyd's death
Prosecutors asked that all four ex-Minneapolis officers be tried in late summer.
He initially planned to retire in May, but "After reviewing the bigger picture, it is in my family's best interest for me to retire four months early."
The motion is an attempt by defense attorneys to buy more time, prosecutors allege.
No arrests were reported after the marches wrapped up Thursday, one night after 51 people were taken into custody, mostly in south Minneapolis.
Protesters and law enforcement faced off late Wednesday in south Minneapolis after an earlier march to protest the release from prison of Derek Chauvin.
Officials at Patrick Henry High school ID'd the teen in a Facebook post and said that grief counselors would be available to students.
Witnesses reported someone running from the area following gunfire, and police apprehended the 14-year-old nearby.
Police have not disclosed a possible motive or arrests in any of the shootings.
Police say the men and a woman were in a dispute in a parking garage down the block from Hope Harbor housing when the shooting happened.
The suicide of a man suspected in a murder hours earlier Wednesday sparked rioting and looting across Nicollet Mall.
Minneapolis was under an overnight curfew after crowds smashed downtown windows and looted stores Wednesday night. The crowds came after a report of a man's death on Nicollet Mall. Police responded by saying he was a homicide suspect who shot himself, releasing video from city cameras.
News outlets and the public can now obtain copies of the video after a challenge by media.
Transcripts of body-worn camera footage from the night George Floyd was killed and of an interview with one of the officers at the scene were also filed in court.
On Wednesday, Chief Medaria Arradondo revealed the first two steps he plans to take.
Homicide claimed 31 people in St. Paul in 2019, the highest number since the record of 34 slayings set in the mid-1990s. The majority of the victims were young men of color who lost their lives to gun violence.
Evidence shows Eugene "Geno" Smith fired a shotgun at the task force officer.
Year-old rule mandated installation in houses larger than 4,500 square feet.
Abdirizak Warsame never had the ability to build anti-aircraft rockets, his attorney says.
Proponents say changes create statewide standard and promote treatment.
Sentencing Guidelines Commission hears from both sides on proposal to reduce prison time for low-level offenders.
Abdulkadir's attorney argues that no one was specifically threatened.
Case alleges that big money-transfer firm helped fund the killers.
Six years after its introduction to the masses, Bitcoin, the decentralized currency known as “cash for the Internet,” is growing in popularity. Yet it still…
Former Roosevelt student Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, arrested in Somalia last month, vows he won't return to the U.S.
Teaching history at the U or speaking on issues of the day, Hy Berman was "always engaged."
A novice's second deer hunting season brings on big expectations and a drive for more.
The new information, detailed in a search warrant application, came as officials got an extension until Monday to file charges in the case.
Days after a YouTube video went public, four men were arrested in connection with Monday night's shooting of five protesters.
Minneapolis NAACP chief says remarks reinforce need for public to see footage from shooting.
State is the 30th to pass a law compensating freed inmates for time served, plus damages.
When Gov. Mark Dayton signed what is now known as the “Timberjay bill” last year, open-government advocates cheered, lauding the legislation that in essence…
Lawyers given more time in wake of new charges.
Ventura says he is prepared to fight the case again if retrial is ordered.
Former radio show host Jason Lewis said a slow recession recovery motivated him to run for Second Congressional District seat.
Gunshots thundered around me as my instructor, Rob Doar, loaded a clip into 9-millimeter Glock 19 and handed it to me. It was lighter…
In the wake of the latest mass shooting, gun rights supporters remained steadfast that 2nd Amendment should be inviolate, while gun control supporters say they are more motivated than ever.
Come January, Minnesota driver's license might not suffice at the airport.
Republicans say jobs will be lost; DFLers say it's part of the state's clean-energy revolution.
Columbia Heights man names co-conspirators, explains ISIL's appeal to Westernized youth.
Hanad Musse, one of seven defendants charged with conspiring to leave the United States to fight alongside terrorists in Syria, pleaded guilty in federal court in Minneapolis Wednesday.
The program still received pushback from some Islamic organizations.
Plea negotiations are also underway for at least two other defendants, and agreements could be reached within the next week to 10 days, according to multiple sources.
Tony Chesak’s first phone call of the day Thursday was crucial for one of the thousands proprietors he represents: Is it legal to take…
An indictment filed in April against Mahamed Abukar Said, 19, of Minneapolis alleged he threatened authorities, including the U.S. Attorney in Minneapolis and the FBI, with a "massacre."
Defense attorneys were visibly frustrated by judge's ruling in the case of seven young Somali-American men charged with conspiring to support the terror group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
The appeals court said the evidence warrants the sentences for supporting al-Shabab.
Fearing their arrests were imminent, seven Somali-American men tried to get out of the country last spring to fight alongside terrorists in Syria before FBI agents could catch up to them, according to new evidence released Friday by federal prosecutors.
Attorneys for 7 suspects in FBI case are also seeking lighter security at trial, saying it could influence jury.
Defense attorneys say payments undermine the informant's credibility.
U.S. district judge to weigh options for "deradicalization" before release
Both sides file documents in fight over release of three of the suspects.
Charges in the October incident follow Mohamed Ali Omar's release from federal custody
Convicted of threatening FBI agents, Mohamed Ali Omar must wear monitor bracelet until sentencing.
Daniel Rohricht was accused of stealing from his bankrupt business. He admits he is not "lily-white," but he said he is no "mini-Denny' Hecker."
"This stuff is fake," said the mother of two men charged in a terrorism conspiracy before a hearing Thursday for her oldest son.
Mohamed Omar, whose brother is among several Twin Cities men being held on terrorism-related charges, has been in federal detention seven months.
A big surplus had some thinking this session would be smooth, but the extra money fueled extra debates.
After federal court hearing, judge ordered the Minneapolis man to remain in custody.
The men are accused of planning to join ISIL.
Minnesota House and Senate leaders said late Friday that they had struck a tentative budget deal, but the governor was objecting to the level of education funding and said he intends to stand firm.
With little apparent progress and time running out, Dayton and lawmakers trade accusations
Limits on flame-retardant treatments would be most restrictive in nation.
House counterparts say it could derail bill to curb license-plate readers.
It’s a story state Rep. Nick Zerwas has shared plenty of times before — it defines who he is today. But on Friday, it…
House leaders have been reluctant to act on the effort by Minnesota firefighters to ban flame retardant chemicals they blame for higher cancer rates,
The bipartisan group had high hopes that this year's outcome would be different.
"I recognize my comments last night offended some people," Republican Rep. Jim Newberger said. "I will work in the future to not repeat this mistake."
The Minnesota Senate rejected a Sunday sales measure, but proponents remain optimistic.
Senate leader says biggest hurdle is in the House.
Tucked in the Minnesota Senate's Health and Human Services Omnibus bill is an appropriation to fund mental health services specifically for hundreds of Minnesota Hmong and Lao veterans born before 1965.