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It Took Jury Less Than 10 Hours Of Deliberations To Find Derek Chauvin Guilty On All Counts

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CBS4's Michael George has the latest from Minneapolis.

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PETER CAHILL: --matter as to count one, unintentional second-degree murder while committing a felony, find the defendant guilty.

ELIOTT RODRIGUEZ: It's the big story tonight across the country. Ex-police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all three counts tonight in the death of George Floyd. The news out of Minneapolis breaking off the top here at 6:00, our late edition.

Good evening, everyone. I'm Eliott Rodriguez.

LAUREN PASTRANA: And I'm Lauren Pastrana. The verdict was read less than an hour ago, and we have big story coverage of the verdict and reaction to it beginning with CBS4's fores Michael George in Minneapolis.

MICHAEL GEORGE: Elliott, Lauren. It took the jury less than 10 hours of deliberation over two days to reach their verdict-- guilty on all counts. With the whole nation watching, Derek Chauvin is now facing the possibility of decades behind bars.

The jury in the Derek Chauvin murder trial has found him guilty of all charges.

PETER CAHILL: We the jury, in the above entitled manner as to count one, unintentional second-degree murder while committing a felony, find the defendant guilty.

MICHAEL GEORGE: Outside the courthouse, people reacted to the verdict.

- I'm so grateful to God. I'm so happy. I'm so glad we got this. We needed this, the country needed this, the world needed this. It's not a Black or white issue, it's a Human Rights issue, and we need to see a change.

MICHAEL GEORGE: Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was facing charges for killing George Floyd, when he knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes last May. The jury reviewed three weeks of testimony from 45 witnesses and one of the most closely watched murder trials in American history.

The jury took less than a full day to reach its verdict.

And there are still thousands of National Guard and other law enforcement here in Minneapolis, here for the possibility of unrest. But right now in the wake of this verdict, a lot of people here in Minneapolis are breathing a sigh of relief, hoping that it's a peaceful night.

In Minneapolis, Michael George, CBS4 News.