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Derek Chauvin's lawyers file to dismiss murder charges and change venue

Prosecutors also filed their intent to ask for a longer than usual sentence if Derek Chauvin is convicted.
Credit: Hennepin County Jail
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin

MINNEAPOLIS — All four former Minneapolis police officers have now filed motions to dismiss the murder charges in the death of George Floyd - and move the trial.

Prosecutors also filed their intent to ask for a longer than usual sentence if Derek Chauvin is convicted.

On Friday, several documents were filed by the legal team for Chauvin.

It includes a motion to dismiss the murder charges and a motion to change the venue.

RELATED: State seeks longer potential sentences against former officers in George Floyd case

Earlier Friday, prosecutors asked the court to consider longer potential sentences against the four former Minneapolis police officers if they're convicted in the death of Floyd.

Chauvin is charged with second-degree and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter In Floyd's death. J. Alexander Kueng, Tou Thao and Thomas Lane are each charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

The state has previously filed motions asking a judge to combine the four cases into a single trial.

Earlier this week, the defense attorney for J. Alexander Kueng filed a series of motions, with one requesting a change of venue, and another requesting that George Floyd's previous arrests be allowed as evidence in the trial. Kueng's attorney also filed a motion seeking full dismissal of the case, saying the state failed to establish probable cause.

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