Seventh Juror Selected In Chauvin Trial

Jury selection resumed on Friday morning, Jennifer Mayerle reports. One juror was seated (2:28) WCCO 4 News At 5 - March 12, 2021

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- The civil case against the city is separate from the criminal trial of former officer Derek Chauvin.

- Today was day four of jury selection in the case. Today, both sides agreed on one more juror. A total of seven jurors have now been seated. That is half of the 12 jurors and two alternates that are needed.

Now, the biggest question is how the city's settlement with the Floyd family could affect the Chauvin trial. Our Jennifer Mayerle joins us now with more on that. Jen?

JENNIFER MAYERLE: And Frank, the court continued on with jury selection in the midst of learning of this historic settlement. A settlement like this typically comes after a trial is complete, and our analysts say, this coming during jury selection could affect the case. There could even be a motion for a mistrial. In court, there were more strikes and dismissals than jurors seated today.

Jury selection resumed Friday morning with the questioning of two white women. The defense struck the first. She's in her 20s and a recent college graduate. She had attended a Black Lives Matter protest in Duluth.

ERIC NELSON: Are you open to the possibility that police reform is not needed?

- No.

- She said, she could set aside her strong opinions and look at the facts of the case before being dismissed. The seventh juror selected to serve is a white mom in her 50s, does nonprofit work in health care. She says, she thinks everyone's life has been changed by the death of George Floyd.

- Yeah, I have sympathy or empathy, you know, for everyone involved. Because this is life altering, life changing, and it's hard.

- She had some specific views on bias and drug usage, but said, she could set those aside.

- At the end of the day, the only people that are going to see all the facts are the people that are in that courtroom, the jurors, you all, and you have to render a verdict based on the facts and the evidence in the case.

- The prosecution struck the first potential male juror of the day. He's a white man in his 40s, married with kids, and spent eight years in the Army Reserve.

- I appreciate your time coming in today. Thank you very much. Your honor, the state will strike.

- And Judge Peter Cahill dismissed one potential juror because of financial hardship. She was just about to move out of her parents home and start a new job. He dismissed a second after the potential juror said, he could not be fair and impartial. Frank?

- OK, Jen, thank you.