Derek Chauvin Faces First Hearing Today in George Floyd's Death, Bond Decision Expected


Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin will appear for a court hearing today, offering the public its first glimpse at the cop since he was seen on video with his knee on George Floyd's neck for eight minutes, 46 seconds.

Chauvin's hearing on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. CST at Hennepin County District Court.

It's scheduled as a video conference and while largely procedural, a judge is expected to decide whether he'll be released or held on bond until trial, per the New York Times.

Chauvin's representatives have remained silent since his arrest, though his wife Kellie filed for divorce the day after he was charged and said her sympathies like entirely with the Floyd family.

"She is devastated by Mr. Floyd's death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy," the Sekula Law Offices, PLLC said in a statement on behalf of Kellie Chauvin. She asked for privacy.

Chauvin is currently being held on $1 million bail at the state prison at Oak Park Heights, officials said. Three other officers at the scene of Floyd's death — J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — are charged as accomplices to Floyd's murder. They are being held at the Hennepin County jail on $1 million bail without conditions or $750,000 bail with conditions.

According to charging documents, Lane restrained Floyd’s legs, Kueng held onto his back and Chauvin knelt on his neck as he lay in the street saying he couldn't breathe and begging them to stop. An independent autopsy conducted by the family last week found that Floyd died from the combination of Chauvin on his neck and the other officers on his back, constricting his ability to draw breath.

While Chauvin has remained silent, attorneys for Kueng and Lane told a judge last week that they were rookies who followed Chauvin's orders.

Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, argued last week that his client asked twice if Floyd should be rolled onto his side -- but Chauvin told him not to.

“What was [Lane] supposed to do … go up to Mr. Chauvin and grab him and throw him off?” said Gray, who told the Star-Tribune he plans to argue at a future hearing that there’s not enough evidence to prosecute his client.

Kueng, Lane and Thao are scheduled for their next court appearance on June 29.

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