Defense attorney seeking new trial for Derek Chauvin

May 5, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The defense attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of killing George Floyd has requested a new trial, saying the court abused its discretion on several points.

Defense attorney Eric Nelson also is seeking a hearing to impeach the verdict because of what he says is jury misconduct.

Derek Chauvin was convicted last month of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the May 25 death of Floyd.

In a brief filed Tuesday, Nelson said the court violated Chauvin’s right to due process and a fair trial.

The filing did not include details about how the jury committed alleged misconduct.