Prosecutors and the defense lawyers of representing the four former Minneapolis police officers charged with aided and abetting in George Floyd’s death filled a joint motion on Friday, asking the federal court to delay the state trial case again for the former police officers in March due to the upcoming federal civil rights trials for the former police officers set to begin later this month.
“The basis for this request is that the above-named defendants are charged by indictment in federal court with a trial scheduled to begin on January 20, 2022, and it is not known how long that trial will last,” attorneys wrote in the joint motion.
J. Alexander Kueng 27, Thomas Lane 38, and Tou Thao 35, face state charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter connected to Floyd’s death.
They have pleaded not guilty. Jury selection in the state trial is scheduled to begin March 7.Judge Peter Cahill already delayed the start date for the state trial last year so the federal trial on civil rights charges can take place first, as CNN previously reported.