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Derek Chauvin appeals murder conviction in George Floyd case because ‘he was denied fair trial’


Derek Chauvin has asked the Minnesota Appeals Court to toss out his murder conviction for George Floyd’s death, claiming he was denied a fair trial. 

Chauvin’s attorney, William Mohrman, argued Wednesday that because video and reports of Floyd’s death were so widely publicized, kicking off nationwide protests, the jury was essentially ‘poisoned.’ 

‘You can’t hold a trial in a community where the jurors are looking at the possibility of a riot in the event the jury acquits the defendant,’ Mohrman said.   

The defense is also demanding that the court assign a new venue for a new trial.

Chauvin was sentenced to 22- and-a-half-years in prison for the murder of Floyd, and last July, he was given another 21 years on federal charges of civil rights violations. 

George Floyd died on Memorial Day 2020 as he was arrested over allegedly trying to buy cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill

He was seen in a video pleading that he couldn't breathe as officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against his neck

Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 22- and-a-half-years in prison for the murder of Floyd after pressing his knee against his neck for more than nine minutes 

Chauvin's lawyer, William Mohrman (above), argued that the defendant could not get a fair trial in Minneapolis to the high volume of media coverage and protests over Floyd's death

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