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Derek Chauvin guilty of George Floyd's murder: Live updates

The Derek Chauvin jury reached a verdict in the trial over the death of George Floyd after one day of deliberation. Get live updates and watch the livestream.
Image: Reaction to the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin
Xochitl Ramirez and Angel Reyes from Panama embrace following the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, at BLM Plaza in Washington, D.C., on April 20, 2021.Evelyn Hockstein / Reuters

A jury has reached a verdict in Derek Chauvin's trial over the death of George Floyd, finding the former Minneapolis police officer guilty on all counts.

Chauvin was charged with two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter in Floyd's death. The video of Floyd pleading for help as Chauvin knelt on him was seen around the world last year, igniting a wave of protests over police brutality.

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What do jurors have to consider?

All eyes are on the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin on Tuesday as Americans await the reading of the jury's verdict on whether he bears responsibility for George Floyd's death. 

The jury, made up of seven women and five men, was sent into deliberations Monday evening and took roughly 10 hours to inform the court that it had reached a decision on the three charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. 

The second-degree murder charge carries the highest potential penalty, up to 40 years in prison. To meet the burden of proof, prosecutors needed to prove that Chauvin caused Floyd's death "while committing or attempting to commit a felony offense," in this case assault.

The lesser charge of third-degree murder carries a penalty of up to 25 years. Minnesota statute requires proof that the defendant committed an "act eminently dangerous to others."

The final charge, second-degree manslaughter, which has the lowest burden of proof, carries a maximum penalty of 10 years. Prosecutors would have to prove that Floyd's death was caused by Chauvin's negligence in creating "an unreasonable risk" and "consciously [taking] chances of causing death or great bodily harm to another."

The jurors will have to decide whether the prosecution proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt and whether they can reach unanimous decisions.

Prosecutors presented extensive video showing officers' interaction with Floyd from a variety of angles and perspectives, including multiple bystander videos and police body camera video and security video. The state's team argued Floyd died because Chauvin knelt on his neck for 9½ minutes as he was handcuffed on the ground. 

But Chauvin's defense, led by attorney Eric Nelson, argued that Floyd died because of a drug overdose and underlying health conditions and that Chauvin acted as he was trained to do. 

While prosecutors offered the jury emotional testimony from witnesses, some of whom said their lives were forever changed by watching Floyd's arrest, the defense sought to portray the onlookers as a distraction and a potential threat that led the responding officers to worry for their safety and diverted their attention from Floyd. 

Derek Chauvin arrives at courthouse

Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has arrived at the Minneapolis courthouse with his attorney, Eric Nelson. 

Chauvin arrived about 20 minutes before the jury's verdict is expected to be read on two counts of murder and one count of manslaughter against him. The jury began deliberation Monday evening and reached a decision in less than a day. 

White House waiting on verdict along with rest of country

White House officials are huddling as they prepare to hear the verdict. One official tells NBC News they are watching and waiting for a verdict like the rest of the country.

There will be a response from President Joe Biden, who is currently holding a virtual tour of an electric battery company in South Carolina, once the verdict is read. The details about what that will look like are still being determined. 

Biden sparked backlash earlier today when he said: “I am praying the verdict is the right verdict” adding “I think it’s overwhelming in my view.” 

Multiple people close to Biden say his comments earlier today that he was praying for “the right verdict” in the Derek Chauvin trial were not helpful to White House efforts to tamp down tensions across the country.

One of the people close to the president said it would’ve been worse if he’d made the comment before the jury was sequestered. Another said regardless of the timing of his remark it risks be interpreted as disrespectful of the judicial system.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked repeatedly about these comments. She refused to clarify, but insisted the president was not trying to prejudge the case.

Minneapolis and a nation anxiously await verdict

MINNEAPOLIS — Thousands of National Guard members and hundreds of police officers stood watch over the Twin Cities on Monday evening after jury deliberations began in the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in George Floyd's death.

A heavy and armed military presence could be seen Monday across Minneapolis in anticipation of unrest, especially near downtown government buildings. There were several protests and hundreds of arrests last week in nearby Brooklyn Center after a police officer killed Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop.

Businesses have been boarded up across Minneapolis as the city awaits a verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, who is charged with second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The jury resumed deliberations Tuesday morning around 8 a.m. local time and the court said around 2:30 p.m. that they reached a verdict. 

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