2 jurors dropped from Chauvin trial after $27M settlement

George Floyd Officer Trial

In this image from video, defendant and former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, right, listens as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over pretrial motions before jury selection Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. (Court TV, via AP, Pool)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has dismissed two jurors who had been seated for the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer accused in George Floyd’s death.

Judge Peter Cahill on Wednesday recalled seven jurors for fresh questioning after the city last week announced a $27 million settlement with Floyd’s family.

Former officer Derek Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, requested the recall. Nelson called the timing of the announcement in the middle of jury selection “profoundly disturbing to the defense” and “not fair.”

He also has requested a delay in the trial, which Cahill is considering. Cahill has set opening statements for March 29 at the earliest, but dismissal of some of the jurors already seated could imperil that timeline.

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