Royal Oak Tribune

Officers accused of killing Floyd to be tried together

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MINNEAPOLI­S» The former police officers charged with killing George Floyd will be tried together next Mar china downtown Minneapoli­s courthouse, though the judge overseeing the criminal case said he would reconsider a change of venue motion if security or other issues arise. In a series of rulings filed Wednesday but made public Thursday, Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill denied defense motions for separate trials in which the former officers’ attorneys claimed their clients will be presenting “antagonist­ic defenses” that could jeopardize their right to a fair trial. Such defenses could include individual officers arguing that they are not responsibl­e for Floyd’s death but alleging that other officers should take responsibi­lity for the slaying.

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