Three ex-Minneapolis cops involved in the death of George Floyd said Tuesday they can’t get a fair federal trial — because of Derek Chauvin’s recent murder conviction.
Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane asked a Minnesota federal court judge to separate their case from Chauvin’s as each man pleaded not guilty on charges that they violated Floyd’s civil rights.
At the virtual hearing, Chauvin’s co-defendants all asked a judge to grant them separate trials from Chauvin claiming that his second-degree murder conviction from April in Floyd’s May 25, 2020 fatal arrest would prejudice their own cases at trial.
“I doubt if you will find anybody in the jury pool that did not know that Derek Chauvin was convicted of killing George Floyd,” said Lane’s lawyer, Earl Gray.
“That is substantially prejudicial in this case,” Gray added. “We should be severed from Derek Chauvin because we should not be saddled or branded with his conviction of