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Chauvin Trial: 13th Juror Seated, Jury Selection To Continue Monday

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At the end of the second week of Derek Chauvin’s trial, Judge Cahill ruled to keep the trial in Minneapolis and not delay it, Jennifer Mayerle reports (3:19) WCCO 4 News At 5 - March 19, 2021

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AMELIA SANTANIELLO: The second week of the Derek Chauvin trial comes to an end with key decisions and unfinished business. The judge ruled to keep the trial in Minneapolis and not delay it. 13 jurors have now been seated, which means that jury selection will continue next week. WCCO's Jennifer Mayerle joins us now to explain. Hi, Jen.

JENNIFER MAYERLE: Hi, Amelia. Yes, well the number has always been 14 jurors total. That's 12 jurors and two alternates. Well, at the end of the day, Judge Peter Cahill said he'd like to get two more jurors next week. So they definitely have 14 when opening statements start on March 29th.

Now this is new. We are waiting to find out why this is. It could just be a safety net. Here is what else happened in court today.

Judge Peter Cahill is allowing a limited amount of a May 2019 encounter between George Floyd and Minneapolis police to be presented to the jury. Body camera video shows officers accusing Floyd of swallowing drugs, and you can hear him call out for his mom.

PETER CAHILL: The May 6, 2019 evidence is only admissible for the limited purpose of showing what Mr. Floyd's-- as an example of Mr. Floyd's bodily reaction, his physical symptoms upon being confronted in almost the exact same situation.

JENNIFER MAYERLE: The emotional behavior is out, so is an expert the state wanted to testify. In court Friday, a 13th juror seated. She's a woman in her 50s who likes animals, worked in customer service and is in between jobs. She said she's seen some of the fatal encounter between Floyd and police, and said she can't put aside any opinions about it.

- I feel like the video may not show the entirety of the situation of what happened. That's a snippet of what happened.

JENNIFER MAYERLE: The state struck a potential juror, so did the defense. The judge excused four. One who said she had her mind made up. Another said she had a strong reaction to the video.

- How do you mean?

- More like the leader.

- OK, and do you assign him more blame as a result of that role?

- I do not.

JENNIFER MAYERLE: All right, here's a look at the makeup of the jury so far. There are five men and eight women. Six of the 13 are people of color. Ages range from people in their 20s to in their 60s. Now jury selection will continue Monday morning, Amelia.

AMELIA SANTANIELLO: All right, thank you, Jen. As the second week of jury selection ends, Black Lives Matter protesters are taking to the streets in St. Paul today. Here's a live look at the group who gathered at the state capitol about an hour ago. It is now it seems to be on the move.

They are demanding justice for George Floyd. We spoke with an organizer this afternoon and asked what justice looks like. And he told us that they want Derek Chauvin and the other three officers convicted in Floyd's death and to go to prison as long as possible. They're also looking for reforms, which include officers being required to carry insurance like doctors and for police to stop using old military equipment.

Our all-day coverage of the Chauvin trial with team coverage and analysis picks up again on Monday morning on CBSN Minnesota. You can find us at WCCO.com or the free CBS News app.