3rd-degree murder charge dismissed in George Floyd case

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KLKN) — Today, the State of Minnesota has dismissed the 3rd-degree murder charge against former police officer Derek Chauvin in the George Floyd murder case.

However, the 2nd-degree murder charge still stands.

Both types of murder charges do not include premeditation.

A 3rd-degree murder charge can also be considered a voluntary or involuntary manslaughter charge. This assumes an individual’s actions led to accidental death (e.g. a fatal car accident).

While a 2nd-degree murder charge is a crime of passion or actions done “in the heat of the moment.” This assumes tensions were running so high that a person acted violently, without pre-planning or deciding to do so.

The other three officers involved- Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, Alexander Kueng- are still on trial, as well.


Read the full court document below:


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