Closing arguments are underway in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial

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Closing arguments in Derek Chauvin’s trial for the murder of George Floyd began on Monday after nearly three weeks of testimony.

Jurors will be sequestered to make their deliberations immediately after the closing arguments are made. They will remain sequestered until they reach a verdict.

Judge Peter Cahill provided juror instructions ahead of closing arguments from both sides. Prosecutors rested their case last week after presenting 38 witnesses over the course of two weeks. The defense rested on Thursday after calling seven witnesses.

Floyd, a Black man, died in police custody on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin pinned his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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