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Derek Chauvin verdict - live: Biden ‘relieved’ as trial reaches historic result in George Floyd case

James Crump and Justin Vallejo
·1-min read
<p>Derek Chauvin listens to the guilty verdict being read by judge Peter Cahill</p> ((Associated Press))

Derek Chauvin listens to the guilty verdict being read by judge Peter Cahill

((Associated Press))

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty on all charges in the murder of George Floyd.

The jury found Mr Chauvin was:

  • Guilty of second-degree unintentional murder

  • Guilty of third-degree murder

  • Guilty of second-degree manslaughter

The verdict was delivered after about 10 hours of deliberations over two days. He was handcuffed and remanded in custody to await sentencing in eight weeks, when he could face up to 40 years in prison on a second-degree murder charge and up to 25 years for third-degree murder. Second-degree manslaughter carries a maximum of 10 years.

Joe Biden cancelled scheduled events to watch the verdict from the West Wing after saying that the evidence was "overwhelming" and he was "praying" for the right decision.

Despite the decision, trial judge Peter Cahill previously said comments from Democrat congresswoman Maxine Waters could see the whole trial overturned on appeal. She had encouraged protesters to get "more confrontational" if Mr Chauvin was not found guilty.

Following weeks of testimony from both sides, the prosecution and defence ended their closing arguments on Monday, with Prosecutor Steve Schleicher urging jurors to “believe your eyes” as defence attorney Eric Nelson said that the state failed to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr Chauvin murdered Mr Floyd.

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Read The Independent’s updates and analysis below.