A Minnesota judge has dismissed the third-degree murder charge against ex-cop Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd.
It leaves the charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter intact and Chauvin will go to trial.
Judge Peter Cahill threw out the third-degree murder charge which the prosecution were hoping to keep instilled incase Chauvin beats the second-degree charges.
Judge Cahill, of Hennepin County, also denied motions to dismiss the charges against the other three officers present during the sustained attack on George Floyd by Chauvin.
Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane remain charged with aiding and abetting related to the incident that sparked a nationwide reckoning on racial injustice.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, reacted to the decision on Twitter, saying the judge’s move to uphold the remaining charges against Chauvin, as well as the charges against the other officers, was an “Important step toward justice for George Floyd.”
51 people were arrested during riots with police after Chauvin was released on bail last week.
Chauvin will go to trial in March next year.
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