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Chao Xiong

Reporter | Hennepin County Courts
Phone: 612-673-4391

Chao Xiong is the Hennepin County Courts reporter for the Star Tribune. He previously worked as a Ramsey County, state and Minneapolis general assignment reporter.


Xiong is a native of Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa, where he worked on the college paper, The Daily Iowan, for four years.
Recent content from Chao Xiong
This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office shows, from left, ex-Minneapolis police officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexa

Judge rejects prosecution's request to hold one trial in George Floyd's death

It's the second time in three months the judge rejected prosecutors' requests that he retract his rulings in the case.
Derek Chauvin. (Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office/TNS) ORG XMIT: 5892649W

Derek Chauvin's estranged wife would receive most of their assets in proposed divorce settlement

A judge rejected their first offer last year due to possible fraud, but has not ruled on the most recent offer.
Police shot and wounded a criminal suspect Thursday morning along Dowling Avenue near Vincent Avenue in an exchange of gunfire, authorities said. ]  J

Minneapolis man charged with assault after gunfight with police

The charges allege that Zedrick Cooper fired at officers first.
L.A. police captain who testified in Rodney King case to be witness in George Floyd trial

L.A. police captain who testified in Rodney King case to be witness in George Floyd trial

Retired captain Greg Meyer had testified that officers didn't use excessive force in the Rodney King case.
Derek Chauvin.

Derek and Kellie Chauvin ordered to file public documents in divorce case

The couple's divorce has come under scrutiny after a Washington County judge rejected their proposed settlement due to possible fraud.
Derek Chauvin. (Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office/TNS) ORG XMIT: 1836204

Chauvin to be tried separately in Floyd death

Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin will stand trial alone in March in connection with the death of George Floyd, leaving the three other former police officers involved in the death to be tried together later this summer.
Betty Burmeister

Betty Burmeister, ad agency pioneer, dies at 99

At a time when women in the workplace were relegated to secretarial work, Elizabeth "Betty" Jane Burmeister was helping to seal contracts between film and…
Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao.

Prosecutors in George Floyd case mishandled sharing evidence, defense attorneys continue to allege

Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill did not rule on whether to postpone the trial or whether prosecutors mishandled discovery.
FILE - This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on June 3, 2020, shows Derek Chauvin, from left, J. Al

Prosecutors in George Floyd case reject claims they mishandled sharing evidence

Attorney General Keith Ellison's office said it shared the evidence it received in a timely fashion without editing or rearranging it.
Flowers are left Thursday at a Holiday gas station near where Dolal Idd, 23, was shot and killed by Minneapolis police the night before during a traff

Mpls. police release body camera footage of fatal shooting of man

Video released by the Minneapolis Police showed that a 23-year-old man fired first before he was shot and killed by police officers during an attempted traffic stop.
“The fact that we will see justice in some of [the cases] in the future because of this ruling is such great news,” said Rep. John Lesch, DFL-St.

State Supreme Court: 'Revenge porn' not protected free speech

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that the law is narrowly written to avoid violating other speech.
Hennepin County Chief Public Defender Mary Moriarty

Hennepin County public defender rolls out new eReminder program

Hennepin County public defenders and clients use it to stay in touch, too.
Minneapolis man convicted of killing girlfriend's ex

Minneapolis man convicted of killing girlfriend's ex

Jurors convicted a Minneapolis man of fatally shooting his then-girlfriend's ex-boyfriend last year.Derrick Blanton, 39, was convicted Tuesday of first-degree manslaughter for killing 29-year-old…
ChaMee Vue tearfully addressed relatives and friends during a candlelight vigil outside her family’s home on Dec. 17, 2019, held in honor of her fat

Prosecutors: No charges against officers in Chiasher Vue shooting in north Minneapolis

The decision comes almost a year to the day of the shooting.
Shooter convicted in 2019 Minneapolis drive-by killing of 24-year-old

Shooter convicted in 2019 Minneapolis drive-by killing of 24-year-old

Jurors convicted a Brooklyn Park man of murder for a 2019 drive-by shooting in Minneapolis.Michael Ferguson, 26, was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder in the…
Myon Burrell embraced his son, Myon Jr., moments after he stepped through the door of Stillwater Prison a free man on Tuesday, Dec. 15. At right is hi

Burrell released from prison as state board commutes sentence

Myon Burrell stepped outside of the Stillwater prison a free man Tuesday after spending 18 years behind bars for a crime he says he never committed.
Outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis in August.

Access to public court records closed in Hennepin County

Some other public counters remain open, including one where fines are paid.
Myon Burrell at Stillwater Correctional Facility, Oct. 23, 2019, in Stillwater.

Panel recommends releasing Myon Burrell in girl's 2002 shooting death

The panel did not examine guilt or innocence, but expressed concerns with authorities reliance on jailhouse informants, among other issues.
S.D. town lashes back at George Floyd, his uncle over flag fight

S.D. town lashes back at George Floyd, his uncle over flag fight

After Selwyn Jones led the charge to remove Confederate flag-adorned patches from the uniforms of Gettysburg, S.D., police, the backlash from the town was immediate.