Jun 6, 2022 - News

Trial delayed for two ex-MPD officers charged in George Floyd's death

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Former Minneapolis Police Officers J. Alexander Kueng (R) and Tou Thao (L) arrive with and attorney Thomas Plunkett (C) at the US District Court in St. Paul in January. Photo: Kerem Yucel / AFP

The upcoming criminal trial of two former Minneapolis police officers charged in connection with George Floyd's death has been postponed until 2023.

The big picture: Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng were set to stand trial on aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter charges starting next week.

  • But on Monday, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill moved the start date to Jan. 5 over concerns that the former officers wouldn't get a fair trial due to coverage of other recent developments related to the case.

Context: Thao and Kueng were both at the scene when Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck for more than 9 minutes

Flashback: A federal jury convicted Lane, Keung and Thao on federal civil rights charges in February.

The intrigue: With such a long runway until the rescheduled trial, Thao and Kueng could still strike a plea deal with prosecutors before the proceedings begin.

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