MINNEAPOLIS – Prosecutors in the case of four Minneapolis officers accused of Floyd’s death have filed a motion to adjourn the trial for three months.
Star Tribune reports Prosecutors cited the COVID-19 epidemic and the amount of time needed to vaccinate enough people to reduce health risks.
The trial is set to begin on March 8, with four police officers currently dismissed on charges of Floyd’s death on May 25, when he was forcibly detained on a corner of South Minneapolis Street.
In his motion, the prosecution argued that the postponement of the trial until June 7 “adequately balances the need for public health protection, the need to ensure a speedy resolution of this case.”
It is planned that Derek Shavin, Tu Tao, Alexander. Alexander Kweng and Thomas Lane will be tried together. Shovin is charged with second-degree murder, murder, and others with aiding and abetting murder.
Shovin’s lawyer, Eric Nelsonside, has stated that he has no plans to object to the prosecution requesting that the trial be adjourned.
Kweng’s lawyer, Thomas Planckett, said the prosecution’s motion for COVID-19 was “puzzling”.
“I find the timing of their movement intriguing,” Planckett said. “The epidemic has been around for some time.”
Tao’s lawyer, Robert Paul, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.