Jury selection was set to begin Monday in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, after a judge decided to move forward with the selection while the issue of an additional murder charge is pending.
Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Prosecutors contend Floyd, 46, was killed by Chauvin's knee, compressed against Floyd's neck for more than 9 minutes while he was handcuffed and pinned to the pavement last May, reports the US Today.
Legal experts say bystander video of the incident, as well as two autopsy reports, will play central roles in the trial. The question at the heart of the case is whether what people saw on the video was murder or a terrible tragedy.