The 4 officers charged in the killing of George Floyd might have to wait a few more months to stand trial … because the State of Minnesota believes it will be better for public health.
Prosecutors filed legal docs — obtained by TMZ — asking to continue the trial to June 7 due to the recent approval of 2 COVID-19 vaccines. The State believes “moving the start of this trial to June 2021 would reduce the public health risks associated with conducting the trial during the COVID-19 pandemic” in light of this development.
Prosecutors add that moving the trial from March to June “would also reduce the likelihood that the trial will be disrupted by COVID-19 cases among court staff, lawyers, jurors, and witnesses.”
The State makes a point to say it’s ready to try the case March 8 as scheduled, but feels a 3-month delay would be in the best interest of public health … especially in a high-profile case that may pose unique health risks.
According to the docs … the trial involves “a larger-than-usual number of participants, including four Defendants, their counsel, and dozens of witnesses” and “is likely to be the subject of large public demonstrations, which may increase the risk of community spread of COVID-19.”
A delay might work out for all parties, because just 2 weeks ago defense lawyers for the 4 former Minneapolis PD officers in Floyd’s case argued for more time to prepare for the trial, because prosecutors revealed potential evidence after a court-imposed deadline.
As we reported … Derek Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are each charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter.