According to court records, three former Minneapolis police officers accused of aiding and abetting the murder of George Floyd last year will be on trial starting March 7.
The start date comes nearly a month after a judge said the case would be delayed until 2022 when it was originally scheduled to start in August.
The defendants – J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao – are scheduled to stand trial in Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis. Opening statements will begin on March 28.
The trial has been delayed to allow the publicity of the murder trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin to calm down and for a federal trial against the three officers to proceed first.
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Chauvin was convicted in April of unintentional second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd, a black man who died after Chauvin knelt on his neck for nine minutes during an arrest on May 25, 2020.
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The three former officers are accused of helping to restrain Floyd and preventing affected passersby from intervening to help him, FOX 9 in Minneapolis reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.