Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd last week. However, one of the jurors has spoken out and insisted there was ‘no pressure’ to come to the verdict.
Brandon Mitchell told ABC News that he and the 11 other people in the jury didn’t watch the news in the build-up to the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer.
In his first TV interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America, the juror explained: “We were really just locked in on the case.
“I mean, those things are just so secondary because you’re literally, throughout the trial, watching somebody die on a daily basis, so that stress alone is enough to take your mind away from whatever’s going on outside of the four walls of the courtroom.”
During the trial, the jury watched a clip of Chauvin, 45, as he knelt on Mr Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes when arresting him on May 25, 2020.
“It’s an historic video, unfortunately,” Mitchell said as he commented on the footage. “It was probably the most important piece of evidence.”
Chauvin’s trial began in March and throughout the course of it, he did not testify.
Eventually, a guilty verdict was reached for all his charges, including second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
He will be sentenced on June 25.
Mitchell added: “It was probably to his detriment that he didn’t stand because people were curious on what his thoughts were throughout the entire incident.”
Following the verdict, Candice Owens came out and argued that Chauvin didn’t have a ‘fair trial’.
The controversial author stated: “This was not a fair trial. No person can say this was a fair trial.
“The media and the Democrats now have enough power to bully and to lie and to create propaganda.”
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