Chauvin, 45, is charged with murder and manslaughter, accused of killing Floyd by kneeling on the 46-year-old Black man’s neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds. The most serious charge facing the now fired officer carries up to 40 years in prison.
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Chauvin already faced second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. Legal experts say the additional charge helps prosecutors by giving jurors another option to find Chauvin guilty of murder.
Finding twelve impartial jurors may prove difficult due to the controversial and public nature of the trial.