The former Minneapolis police officer that placed his knee on George Floyd’s neck before his death in May will be tried separately from three other former officers charged in Floyd’s death.
Derek Chauvin, charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, will stand trial in March, and the three other officers charged with aiding and abetting each crime will face trial in the summer, according to The Associated Press. The trials of the former officers were split up to make more room in the courtroom to abide by coronavirus protocols and restrictions.
Prosecutors argued against holding two trials, while the defense attorneys for at least one former officer, Thomas Lane, said that holding a separate trial for Chauvin would ultimately be better for his own client.
According to The Associated Press: “Legal observers say the change benefits Chauvin’s co-defendants, who will get a preview of what the state’s witnesses will say and more time to prepare. They’ll also blame Chauvin,