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Jury members seated for Chauvin trial, judge denies defense request for delay or move

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Thirteen jurors have been seated for the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with murder and manslaughter in George Floyd's death. On Friday, a judge rejected a defense request to delay or move the trial. But as Omar Villafranca reports, he is allowing evidence that shows Floyd's arrest in 2019.

Video Transcript

- Well, jury selection continues in the upcoming murder trial of Derek Chauvin. He's the former Minneapolis Police officer accused of killing George Floyd in custody last year.

On Friday, the judge rejected a defense request to delay or move the trial. But as Omar Villafranca reports, he is allowing evidence that shows Floyd's arrest in 2019.

- Keep your hands where I can [BLEEP] see them.

OMAR VILLAFRANCA: The May 2019 bodycam video shows George Floyd in a previous encounter with different Minneapolis police officers.

- Open your mouth. Spit out what you got. Spit out what you got!

OMAR VILLAFRANCA: Police say Floyd swallowed pills during the traffic stop and was later arrested.

GEORGE FLOYD: Oh, my god, man!

OMAR VILLAFRANCA: CBS News legal expert Rikki Klieman says the ruling favors Derek Chauvin's defense.

RIKKI KLIEMAN: The whole theory of defense in this case is that George Floyd's physical condition and the ingestion of drugs is what caused his death and Derek Chauvin did not.

OMAR VILLAFRANCA: But the judge denied the defense's request to delay and move the trial out of Minneapolis.

PETER CAHILL: As far as change of venue, I do not think that that would give the defendant any kind of a fair trial beyond what we are doing here today.

OMAR VILLAFRANCA: Last week, the city of Minneapolis agreed to pay the Floyd family $27 million to settle the civil case. Two jurors already chosen for the criminal trial were excused after they told the judge the civil settlement would make it hard for them to stay unbiased.

- I think it will be hard to be impartial.

- All right.

OMAR VILLAFRANCA: 13 racially diverse jurors have been selected so far with one alternate remaining. They start hearing evidence at the end of the month.

For "CBS This Morning Saturday," Omar Villafranca, Dallas.