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Chauvin Murder Trial: Everything You Need to Know

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin waives his right to testify to the jury, next to his defense attorney Eric Nelson in Minneapolis, Minn., April 15, 2021, in this courtroom sketch. (Jane Rosenberg/Reuters)

With closing arguments scheduled to begin Monday morning, the jury in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial in the death of George Floyd could begin deliberating on the case as early as this afternoon, following instructions on the law by Judge Peter Cahill. NR’s Andy McCarthy has been covering the case for the last few weeks, from the complications of charging murder in a case where police are alleged to have unintentionally killed a detainee, to the pretrial motions and challenge of seating a fair jury in such a politically fraught case, through the opening statements and the trial testimony, and examining how the jury might decide the three charges against the former Minneapolis cop.

We’ve gathered up Andy’s posts since jury selection began in March, and are providing them below (the most recent on top), as a one-stop shop to get caught up on a trial that has the nation on edge.

George Floyd’s Death: How Should the Jury Decide the Charges against Derek Chauvin?

Chauvin’s Medical Expert Helps a Reeling Defense

Chauvin’s Stumbling Defense Case

Chauvin Defense Expert Destroyed on the Stand

Will Derek Chauvin Testify? Defense Case Begins Under Cloud of Unrest

Judge Won’t Sequester Chauvin Jury Over Latest Police-Involved Killing

Chauvin Prosecutors Have Answered One Big Question

Gripping Medical Testimony Gets Chauvin Prosecution Back on Track

Chauvin Trial: Police Brutality or Failure of Care?

Chauvin Trial Bombshell: ‘I Ate Too Many Drugs’

Chauvin Murder Trial: The Prosecution’s Reckless Gambit

Chauvin Trial: When Are Leading Questions Allowed?

Derek Chauvin’s Hobbled Defense

Powerful Evidence That George Floyd Resisted Arrest

Confrontation with Feisty Witness Brings Chauvin’s Defense into Focus

Chauvin’s Lawyer Gets Clobbered by Witness’s Gripping Testimony

Important Eyewitness Testimony at the Chauvin Trial

Prosecutor: Chauvin ‘Wouldn’t Let Up and Wouldn’t Get Up’ as George Floyd Slowly Died

Derek Chauvin’s Trial in Floyd Death Case Is on Track

Derek Chauvin Rebuffed by High Court

Chauvin Jury Selection Goes Forward … for the Moment

Chauvin Murder Trial Update

Derek Chauvin Trial Delayed

The George Floyd Murder Trial: A Charging Nightmare

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