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Two new jurors were seated in the Derek Chauvin trial, the same day two others were removed, Esme Murphy reports (2:57). WCCO 4 News At 6 - March 17, 2021
AMELIA SANTANIELLO: Two new jurors were seated in the Derek Chauvin trial the same day that two others were removed. Those jurors told the judge that they could no longer be impartial after hearing about the city's $27 million settlement with George Floyd's family.
The two were among the seven jurors chosen before the settlement was announced on last Friday. All seven were called back and interviewed by the judge today through Zoom. Esme Murphy is covering the trial for us. She joins us now outside the courthouse with more. Hi, Esme.
ESME MURPHY: Hi there, Amelia. Well, prospective jurors and jurors that have already been seated are repeatedly warned to avoid all media accounts of this trial. But the problem that keeps cropping up today is the fact that these accounts from the media are popping up on social media accounts when people even are not looking for them.
- OK. And what is the substance of what you recall seeing?
- I just saw the headlines, I didn't read the story.
- The city settled, I think, $27 million.
- OK. Does that affect your ability to be impartial?
- I've been thinking about this question a lot. I don't think so. It wasn't surprising that the city made the settlement.
ESME MURPHY: This seated juror told the judge she could still be impartial, and the judge kept her on the panel. That was not the case for two male jurors.
- How do you think that would affect your ability to be impartial in this case?
- [EXHALES] It impact it a lot.
ESME MURPHY: That juror, a Hispanic male in his 20s, was dismissed, as was a white male juror in his 30s who said this.
- I would say especially that dollar amount was kind of shocking to me. That kind of sent a message that the city of Minneapolis felt that something was wrong and they wanted to make it right to the tune of that dollar amount.
ESME MURPHY: That brought the total number of jurors down to seven. Derek Chauvin took notes throughout the day. A number of jurors were dismissed after expressing strong views.
A Black male juror in his 40s was seated on the jury. He works in management, moved to Minnesota 19 years ago. He said he had a somewhat neutral view of Derek Chauvin and a somewhat positive view of George Floyd. He also has a positive view of police.
- When somebody broke into my house, I called the police and they came. If they were defunded, how can they come and help me?
ESME MURPHY: Now, the second juror that was chosen late this afternoon is a white woman in her 40s who works as a management consultant. She is married and has a small child.
So we are back to nine jurors that have been seated in this case. We have seven more days that are scheduled for jury selection, with testimony still set to begin on March 29.
AMELIA SANTANIELLO: OK. Thank you, Esme.
CBSN Minnesota is your source for live updates during jury selection, and then we will stream the entire trial once opening statements begin. You can watch free on any device through the CBS News app or just go to WCCO.com.