A Minneapolis judge has denied Derek Chauvin’s request for a new trial just hours ahead of his scheduled Friday sentencing in the murder of George Floyd, reports said.
Defense attorneys for Chauvin, 45, had filed the motion in an apparent attempt to stave off sentencing and also requested a hearing over potential jury misconduct, which Judge Peter Cahill also denied, CBS Minnesota reported.
Defense attorneys are expected to bring arguments to the appeals court, but for now, Chauvin’s scheduled sentencing at 1:30 p.m. local time will proceed as planned.
The former Minneapolis cop, who was convicted in April of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death, faces up to 40 years in prison.
“This is the most consequential case in modern Minnesota history, really throughout the United States,” criminal defense attorney Joe Tamburino, who is not involved with the case, told the outlet.
“What we are about to see today is its conclusion.”
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