Within a recent court hearing Hennepin County Judge officially ruled to drop the third degree murder charge against former officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd !
According to CNN judge Peter Cahill has denied Chauvin’s legal team request to dismiss additional charges against him.
The other three officers involved Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng were also denied motion to dismiss their issued charges for aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
Sources have confirmed that Chauvin still faces the higher charges of second-degree unintentional murder and a second-degree manslaughter.
As we previously reported Chauvin was released on a million dollar bail earlier this month.
Following the recent ruling Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has described today’s events as, “positive step forward in the path toward justice for George Floyd, his family, our community, and Minnesota.”
He continues, “The court has sustained eight out of nine charges against the defendants in the murder of George Floyd, including the most serious charges against all four defendants.”
“We look forward to presenting the prosecution’s case to a jury in Hennepin County.”