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Jurors from these chairs will hear final arguments Monday in the Derek Chauvin murder trial.  Credit: David Joles/Star Tribune

Jurors the only audience that matters for Monday's closing arguments

Lawyers in the long-running trial hope to do their best to make their words resonate as they spell out to jurors why they should acquit or convict fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
Derek Chauvin said, “I will invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege” to not risk making self-incriminating statements. He is charged with killing Geor

Chauvin defense rests its case without his testimony

Former officer Derek Chauvin invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination.
Authorities ID 2 people found shot to death over weekend near 2-vehicle crash at south Minneapolis intersection

Authorities ID 2 people found shot to death over weekend near 2-vehicle crash at south Minneapolis intersection

Authorities have identified the two people who were found shot to death over the weekend near a two-vehicle crash at a south Minneapolis intersection.Jaden M.…
In this image from video, defense attorney Eric Nelson, left, and defendant, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin address Hennepin County J

A day-by-day recap of the Derek Chauvin murder trial

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.
Derek Chauvin said, “I will invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege” to not risk making self-incriminating statements. He is charged with killing Geor

Day 26 of Derek Chauvin trial: Closing arguments set for Monday after Chauvin doesn't testify

The defense said it has completed its case and the prosecution reiterated the same, setting the stage for closing arguments and deliberations Monday.
Witnesses who testified so far in the Derek Chauvin trial include, clockwise from top left: Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo; HCMC Dr. Bradf

Who are the witnesses in the Derek Chauvin trial?

These are the individuals who have testified so far in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd.
Derek Chauvin, right, said in court he will not testify in his murder trial.

What happened Thursday in the Derek Chauvin trial

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.
Dr. David Fowler “I would fall back to undetermined in this particular case, ” the pathologist said on George Floyd’s cause of death.

Defense expert: Cardiac arrest and drugs caused Floyd's death

Dr. David Fowler said Floyd's manner of death was "undetermined," due to a combination of factors.
Dr. David Fowler recently retired after 17 years as the chief medical examiner for the state of Maryland.

Day 25 of Derek Chauvin's trial: Cause-of-death phase of the defense's case begins

The Derek Chauvin murder trial resumed with an expert witness backing the defense's contention that George Floyd died of cardiac arrest combined with illicit drugs in his body and not from a lack of oxygen while pinned to the pavement.
In this image from video, Barry Brodd, a use of force expert, testified Tuesday in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Defense expert calls Chauvin's actions justified and reasonable

Police trainer Barry Brodd said George Floyd was resisting arrest and struggled with officers.
Barry Brodd said officers must always keep their head on a swivel and engage in “one upmanship,” meaning officers do not have to fight fair.

Day 24 of Derek Chauvin trial: Longtime police instructor testified for the defense

Barry Brodd, a private consultant and expert in use of force, said he reviewed all the evidence: "I felt that Derek Chauvin was justified in acting with objective reasonableness and acting within Police Department policy."
Kimberly A. Potter, seen in 2007, was identified Monday, April 12, as the officer who fatally shot Daunte Wright, 20. on Sunday in Brooklyn Center.

Officer who fatally shot man in Brooklyn Center is 26-year veteran

She got her police license in 1995 at age 22, according to state records.
Philonise Floyd, left, and Rodney Floyd, center in back, brothers of George Floyd, entered the Hennepin County Government Center with attorney Ben Cru

Floyd's brother tears up on stand; Chauvin defense today

At the start of the third week of the Derek Chauvin murder trial, Philonise Floyd spoke of George's devotion to their mother, saying, "He loved her so dearly."
Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, testified Monday in the trial of Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis.

Brother breaks down telling jurors of Floyd's love for mother

At the start of the third week of the Derek Chauvin murder trial, Philonise Floyd spoke of George's devotion to their mother, saying, "He loved her so dearly."
2 men shot, found dead near scene of a two-vehicle crash in south Minneapolis

2 men shot, found dead near scene of a two-vehicle crash in south Minneapolis

No arrests have been made, according to police.
Dr. Andrew Baker, the medical examiner who did the autopsy on George Floyd, testified Friday at the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek C

Chief medical examiner: Arrest 'just more than' Floyd could take

Dr. Andrew Baker stood by his initial findings after George Floyd's death in afternoon testimony at Derek Chauvin's trial, after three other medical experts.
Dr. Andrew Baker ruled that George Floyd’s cause of death was “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck co

Day 22 of Derek Chauvin trial: Medical examiner who did autopsy did not include a lack of oxygen

Dr. Andrew Baker's findings are at odds with a prosecution expert who said Floyd died from a lack of oxygen.
Dr. Martin Tobin, who testified Thursday at Derek Chauvin’s trial, is a Chicago physician who has written textbooks and specialized in respiratory a

Medical expert: 'In a vise,' George Floyd did everything he could

Dr. Martin Tobin, a Chicago physician who has written textbooks and specialized in respiratory and critical care medicine for decades said Floyd "died from a low level of oxygen."
Dr. Martin Tobin said he has reviewed much of the evidence and concluded that George “Floyd died from a low level of oxygen.”

Day 21 of Derek Chauvin trial: Chauvin kept knee on neck for 3½ minutes after George Floyd drew last breath, expert says

A medical expert testified in the Derek Chauvin murder trial that George Floyd died from a lack of oxygen late last spring as the now-fired Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd's neck. Testimony resumes Friday morning.
McKenzie Anderson, a forensic scientist with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension,  testified Wednesday at Derek Chauvin’s trial in Minneap

Chauvin trial evidence: Meth, fentanyl with Floyd DNA in pills

Three forensic scientists testified Wednesday for the prosecution about the process of gathering and testing evidence from George Floyd's vehicle and a squad car.
BCA forensic scientist Breahna Giles testified Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapoli

Day 20 of Derek Chauvin trial: Scientists wrap up prosecution's witnesses for the day

Two scientists with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and a third scientist from a Pennsylvania lab rounded out the day's prosecution witnesses. Testimony concluded about 4:45 p.m., with proceedings set to resume Thursday.
Philonise Floyd, left, and attorney Ben Crump, center, raised their fists in the air Tuesday as supporters outside the courthouse fence cheered them o

Trainers and use-of-force experts fault tactics used by Chauvin

Derek Chauvin's lawyer, Eric Nelson, pressed the claim that a hostile crowd distracted Chauvin and prevented a proper diagnosis or aid.
In this image from video, witness Jody Stiger, a Los Angeles Police Department sergeant, testifies at the trial of former Minneapolis police officer D

Outside expert testifies about numerous signs that George Floyd was no longer resisting

Also Tuesday, a Minneapolis police lieutenant in charge of use-of-force training said that putting a knee on a suspect's neck is not a tactic officers are taught.
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified Monday that Derek Chauvin’s actions on May 25 were not “part of our training … ethics or va

Chauvin used excessive force and unsanctioned technique, chief says

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified Monday that fired officer Derek Chauvin used excessive force and defied his own training when he knelt on George Floyd's neck as Floyd pleaded for his life.
Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, who has been harshly critical of Derek Chauvin’s actions, took the stand Monday.

Police chief: Chauvin 'in no way' should've kept Floyd's neck pinned

Minneapolis police chief, Medaria Arradondo, who classified George Floyd's death as murder and fired Derek Chauvin, took the stand Monday.
In this image from video, Lt. Richard Zimmerman explained the level of force used by officers in the Minneapolis Police Department as he testified Fri

Homicide unit chief: Force used by Derek Chauvin 'uncalled for'

Two police officials testified about taking control of the scene outside Cup Foods, then handing over to the BCA. Lt. Richard Zimmerman said to put a knee on the neck of someone in handcuffs would fall under the most extreme level of force.
“First of all,” Lt. Richard Zimmerman testified in Hennepin County District Court, “pulling him down to the ground facedown and putting your kne

Day 17 of Derek Chauvin trial: Head of Minneapolis homicide unit outlines use-of-force policy

Minneapolis' most senior police officer testified that Derek Chauvin putting his knee on a handcuffed George Floyd's neck during his arrest last spring was "totally unnecessary."
In this image from video, witness David Pleoger, a retired Minneapolis police sergeant, answered questions at Derek Chauvin’s trial on Thursday.

Ex-sergeant: Chauvin should have stopped when Floyd quit resisting

David Pleoger testified that the fired officer told him that George Floyd was being "crazy" and wouldn't get in car. Prosecutor Steve Schleicher pressed Pleoger on whether Chauvin's force was appropriate.
David Pleoger, a retired Minneapolis police sergeant left the Hennepin County Courthouse after testifying Thursday at Derek Chauvin’s trial in the d

Day 16 of Derek Chauvin trial: Supervisor detailed to jurors the immediate aftermath of George Floyd's death

Asked whether Chauvin mentioned any use of force, David Pleoger said he recalled, "I don't believe so."
In this image from video, witness Charles McMillian said he felt helpless seeing video again of officers handcuffing George Floyd and pushing him into

New video caps painful day of testimony in Chauvin trial

The prosecution played into evidence footage from all four body cameras of ex-Minneapolis cops, with George Floyd's moans of pain, calls for help and cries of "I can't breathe."
Witness Charles McMillian struggled to regain his composure Wednesday. “I don’t have a momma either, I understand him,” he said of George Floyd.

Day 15 of Derek Chauvin trial: Witness overwhelmed with sorrow watching video of George Floyd's arrest

Sobs of grief overcame a man testifying Wednesday afternoon in the Derek Chauvin murder trial as he watched video of himself standing by as police struggled with George Floyd.
In this image from video, Minneapolis firefighter Genevieve Hansen testified Tuesday in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin,

In Derek Chauvin trial, off-duty firefighter tells of attempts to intervene: 'There is a man being killed'

Genevieve Hansen said she desperately tried to intervene but was rebuffed by police: "There is a man being killed," she said, "and I would have been able to provide medical attention to the best of my abilities, and this human was not provided that right."
In an image taken from video, bystanders gathered near Cup Foods watching as police were restraining George Floyd.

Teen who recorded Floyd's death reveals her trauma and pain

In testifying, Darnella Frazier said George Floyd reminds her of her dad, brother, cousins, uncles and friends. The teen spoke with a deep vein of trauma that haunts her after a trip to buy snacks forever altered her life.
Who are the jurors in the Derek Chauvin trial?

Who are the jurors in the Derek Chauvin trial?

Though the jurors will remain anonymous, here's what we know about the jury seated for Derek Chauvin's trial in the killing of George Floyd.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin stood in court Monday as a witness identified him as the person seen kneeling on George Floyd’s neck

'Something was not right': State puts eyewitnesses first on stand

On the first day of testimony in Derek Chauvin's trial, jurors heard opening statements from both sides and listened to testimony from a 911 operator, gas station employee and sidewalk bystander who tried to intervene.
Derek Chauvin, right, listened to the prosecution’s opening statement Monday morning with his defense attorney, Eric Nelson.

Witness: Chauvin shifted weight to add pressure on Floyd's neck

Attorneys in the Derek Chauvin murder trial made their case before jurors who will decide the fired Minneapolis police officer's fate in the killing of George Floyd 10 months ago.
Chaz Stubblefield  Credit: Hennepin County jail

Charge: Confrontation between strangers led to fatal shooting at Lake Street store

Victim came from St. Cloud to Minneapolis to help a friend move, according to the criminal complaint.
Charge: Baby died in Minneapolis home after intoxicated godmother fell asleep with her

Charge: Baby died in Minneapolis home after intoxicated godmother fell asleep with her

Medical examiner did not disclose a cause or manner of death.
Raina Neeland  Credit: Family submission

Hero award goes to Minnesota teen who died saving kids from turbulent waters

The family of Raina Lynn Neeland will receive one of just six Citizen Honor Awards given this year.
Driver, 91, killed when he flips pickup in rural Stearns County

Driver, 91, killed when he flips pickup in rural Stearns County

The pickup hit a field approach and went airborne, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Brady Zipoy, while deployed to Syria.

Mental illness defense wins acquittal for ex-Marine who killed Shakopee man

Battlefield trauma, unrest after George Floyd's death cited in judge's ruling.
Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said the carjacking suspect was arrested as well as the person who was punched.

Minneapolis police investigating officer's punching of teen during tense clash

A nearly 4-minute video shows a chaotic scene as accusations flew against the officers. 2 arrests were made.
Man who died in St. Paul house fire is identified

Man who died in St. Paul house fire is identified

The blaze struck a wood-frame house in the 600 block of W. Minnehaha Avenue.
Minneapolis police investigators are making progress on the case but have yet to make any arrests in the stabbing death of a 78-year-old woman last we

Fatal stabbing of woman, 78, and attack on man nearby likely linked, Minneapolis police say

She was stabbed in the chest about 9:40 and died that morning.
Liquor Lyle’s, a throwback Hennepin Avenue dive bar, is up for sale, 58 years after it opened and seen Wednesday in Minneapolis.

Dive bar Liquor Lyle's to remain closed as owners look to sell

"We haven't set a price," one of the owners told the Star Tribune.
In this image taken from video, defense attorney Eric Nelson, left, and defendant former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin take their seats aft

With jury set, opening arguments Monday are next in Chauvin trial

Former Minneapolis police office faces murder, manslaughter charges in death of George Floyd.
Gregory Ulrich  Credit: Wright County jail

Buffalo clinic shooting suspect ordered to undergo mental competency exam

Judge orders him to be scrutinized at the state security hospital in St. Peter.
Authorities ID man who fatally shot girlfriend then himself in Rockford

Authorities ID man who fatally shot girlfriend then himself in Rockford

The Sheriff's Office has yet to specify a motive behind the killings.
Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill wanted 15 jurors seated, with the last to be chosen deemed a spare who will be dismissed before trial if n

Day 12: 15th and final juror chosen for Derek Chauvin murder trial

A white man in his 20s was selected late in the morning after a relatively brief round of questioning, ending a sometimes tedious process that lasted more than two weeks.
Anthony R. Anderson  Credit: Barron County jail

Charges: Drunk driver hit buggy and killed Amish teen in W. Wisconsin

The buggy had its working lights illuminated when it was hit from behind, according to authorities.
Chalk messages remained on boarded up windows near the courthouse as the murder trial of Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd entered its seco

Jury could be seated Tuesday in murder trial of Derek Chauvin

A 14th juror was seated Monday. Judge Peter Cahill wants 15 jurors vetted and on the panel to report for duty next week. But the 15th is a spare who will be dismissed before trial if not needed.
Eric Nelson, defense attorney for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, questioned a potential juror Monday morning in Minneapolis.

Day ends with 14th juror chosen, one more needed in Chauvin murder trial

Cahill said he wants to have at least 15 jurors ready to go for the start of the trial in earnest on March 29.
Man killed in western Wisconsin mobile home explosion is ID'd

Man killed in western Wisconsin mobile home explosion is ID'd

The blast destroyed two homes and damaged a third.
A pedestrian made his way outside the Hennepin County Government Center on Friday as District Judge Peter Cahill announced that the Derek Chauvin tria

Day 10: One more juror picked as judge rejects delaying Chauvin trial

Judge Peter Cahill said moving the trial or delaying it wouldn't give Derek Chauvin any more of a fair trial. The jury now has 13, with at least two more to come. Selection resumes on Monday.
A sign was attached to a fence outside the Hennepin County Government Center.

Potential looms for Chauvin trial to be relocated or postponed

Some legal scholars and attorneys don't think the trial will be postponed or moved out of Hennepin County.
Day 9 for Derek Chauvin trial: 12 jurors seated; angry judge calls for end to settlement talk

Day 9 for Derek Chauvin trial: 12 jurors seated; angry judge calls for end to settlement talk

Before proceedings ended for the day, Judge Peter Cahill had an angry retort as echoes of the lawsuit settlement could be heard yet again in the courtroom.
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill, in an image taken from video.

Chauvin jury is back at nine after two dismissed, two added

Two jurors dismissed over opinions on settlement.
A pedestrian crossed the street outside the heavily fortified Hennepin County Government Center. Before questioning recalled jurors Wednesday, Judge P

Jury back at 9 after 2 jurors excused earlier in Derek Chauvin murder trial over hearing of $27M settlement

Judge Peter Cahill had removed the two who said under his questioning they had heard about a federal lawsuit settlement reached last week and admitted it affected their ability to assure Chauvin of his constitutional right to be presumed innocent.
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill in an image taken from video. Cahill said he would recall the seven jurors seated to question them Wednesday about

Judge today plans to question first 7 jurors about settlement

Judge weighs delays, plans to recall jurors seated before last week's blockbuster announcement
Charge: Driver high on fentanyl when he killed other motorist in crash near Duluth

Charge: Driver high on fentanyl when he killed other motorist in crash near Duluth

The criminal complaint was filed nearly six months after the head-on collision.
Defense attorney Eric Nelson, left, and former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court.

Day 7 of the Derek Chauvin trial: Judge weighs delay or change of venue

Judge Peter Cahill said he is weighing those issues after the city of Minneapolis announced in the midst of jury selection that it will pay the George Floyd family $27 million to settle a lawsuit.
Jason M. Mesich  Credit: Hennepin County jail

48-year term for Bloomington man who killed wife, shot neighbors

A wounded teen was hailed as a hero for shielding the gunfire from her year-old niece.
In this image from video, defense attorney Eric Nelson and defendant Derek Chauvin spoke before jury selection on Monday, March 15.

Chauvin attorney requests delay due to city's Floyd settlement

Eric Nelson said Friday's $27 million settlement between the city of Minneapolis and George Floyd's family unfairly taints prospective jurors and violates his client's right to a fair trial.
Coon Rapids police shoot, injure man whose family said was experiencing mental issues

Coon Rapids police shoot, injure man whose family said was experiencing mental issues

Police said they first tried to subdue him using beanbags fired from a shotgun.
Security escorted people inside the Hennepin County Government Center on Monday as jury selection continued in the trial of former Minneapolis police

Defense seeks delay after news of Floyd settlement; jury up to 9

The $27 million civil settlement the city of Minneapolis reached last week with the family of George Floyd threw uncertainty into the ongoing selection of jurors Monday in the murder trial of fired police officer Derek Chauvin.
Austin and Connie Herbst  Credit: Scott County jail

Man admits killing his father in family's Twin Cities home in 2013

His mother remains charged with helping him dump the body in Wisconsin.
In the minutes after the $27M settlement with George Floyd’s family was announced, protesters waved flags and a portrait of George Floyd across the

Derek Chauvin trial is halfway to a jury with 7th juror picked

One prospective juror, who was dismissed, said the fortified courthouse reminded him of his military service in Iraq.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, right, with defense attorney Eric Nelson on Friday in Hennepin County District Court in an image capt

Day 5 of Derek Chauvin trial: One juror picked is high-level executive in the nonprofit sector focused on health care

A jury of 14, two of them alternates, will be seated before opening statements and testimony begin March 29 before District Judge Peter Cahill.
Darnella Frazier  Credit: Submitted photo, with permission

Minneapolis teen opens up about her viral George Floyd video, criticizes Derek Chauvin

Darnella Frazier, a potential witness in the fired officer's ongoing trial, said he "deserves to go down."
Charge: Man drove drunk in Eagan, crashed friend's car and killed him

Charge: Man drove drunk in Eagan, crashed friend's car and killed him

The friends left a house party before crashing into a tree late at night, according to the criminal complaint.
In this image from video, defense attorney Eric Nelson and defendant Derek Chauvin listened before jury selection Thursday, the fourth day in the tria

Reinstated third-degree murder charge against Chauvin presents opportunity, risk

Third-degree murder could be a risky proposition because of a pending matter before the state Supreme Court.
In this image from video, defense attorney Eric Nelson and defendant Derek Chauvin listened before jury selection Thursday.

Day 4 of Derek Chauvin trial: 6th juror chosen, 3rd-degree murder count back

Some prospective jurors said they felt emotionally distressed when they watched bystander's video.
Defense attorney Eric Nelson, left, and defendant former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin take their seats Wednesday after a discussion.

Supreme Court puts 3rd-degree murder back in play for Chauvin

The state's high court said without elaboration that it will not grant Derek Chauvin's request to review an appeals court ruling that said Judge Peter Cahill improperly denied prosecutors' motion to reinstate a third-degree murder charge.
Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill presided over jury selection in the trial of Derek Chauvin on Wednesday.

Day 3 of Derek Chauvin murder trial: Two more jurors chosen for a total of five so far

The jury selection continued for a second day in a case being watched live around the world.
Kipp W. Baldwin  Credit: Hennepin County jail

Probation, home detention for electrician who stole $126K in copper from MSP

He stole the copper for scrap and earned nearly $134,000 in salary during the year he was caught.