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  • Writer's pictureEd Gaines

Chauvin Trial: Juror Says They Should’ve Reached a Verdict in ’20 Minutes’

A juror who cast one of the unanimous votes to convict Derek Chauvin of killing George Floyd said deliberations were primarily spent trying to convince one person who was uncertain about part of the jury instructions.

Juror Brandon Mitchell said, ”I felt like it should have been 20 minutes.”

Mitchell said that much of the time in deliberations was spent going over terminology and "making sure we understood what exactly was being asked. I think the one juror that was kind of—I wouldn't say slowing us down—but was being delicate with the process, more so, was just kind of hung up with a few words in the instructions. They wanted to make sure they got it right.”

He also said he didn't think the jury was affected by tensions in Minneapolis or concerns about what effect their verdicts would have.

Mitchell also said he thought Chauvin hurt himself by choosing not to testify "because people were curious on what his thoughts were throughout the entire incident.”

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