CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on three charges related to the killing of George Floyd last May.
After nearly 12 hours of deliberation, the jury found Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree murder. Chauvin's sentencing will be in about eight weeks and he faces up to 40 years in prison.
But there's a good chance his legal team will be getting right back to work. Legal experts say the defense will undoubtedly appeal the guilty verdict.
Chauvin's team is expected to bring up a couple of things, mainly the public nature of the trial. The defense has taken issue with statements from Congresswoman Maxine Waters. This weekend, she called on protesters to "stay on the streets" and "get more confrontational" with officers. Chauvin's defense could make the argument that put undue pressure or influence on the jury to convict him.
It's also likely the defense will bring up the deadly police shooting of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Because the judge declined to sequester the jurors, legal experts also say the defense could argue the jury knew too much before the trial.
However, most legal experts don't expect the verdict to be overturned.