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George Floyd case: Court resumes after 2 jurors dismissed from Chauvin trial

The judge in the case is expected to rule on multiple key motions on Friday, including whether George Floyd's 2019 arrest can be introduced as evidence at former officer Derek Chauvin's trial. Photo courtesy Ramsey County Sheriff's Office/UPI
The judge in the case is expected to rule on multiple key motions on Friday, including whether George Floyd's 2019 arrest can be introduced as evidence at former officer Derek Chauvin's trial. Photo courtesy Ramsey County Sheriff's Office/UPI | License Photo

March 18 (UPI) -- The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd has been dealt a setback, as two jurors were dismissed for exposure to media reports.

The trial began last week with jury selection. Two people who'd already been selected to serve on the panel were dismissed on Wednesday after they told the judge they'd learned about last week's $27 million settlement between the city of Minneapolis and Floyd's family.

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Jury selection resumed on Thursday with a panel of nine already seated. Attorneys must settle on three more and two alternates before Chauvin's trial can begin in earnest.

Judge Peter Cahill said he will rule Friday on defense motions to delay the trial or change the venue outside of the Minneapolis area because of pretrial publicity.

Cahill said he will also rule whether evidence of Floyd's 2019 arrest can be included in the trial.

If he isn't acquitted, Chauvin -- who knelt on Floyd's neck for several minutes last May and caused his death during an arrest -- can be convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder or second-degree manslaughter.

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Chauvin and two other officers involved in Floyd's arrest were later fired from the Minneapolis police force.

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