MINNEAPOLIS — Legal twists and turns marked the first week of the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes during an investigation last year. A dispute over the reinstatement of a third-degree murder charge against Chauvin nearly stopped the trial before it started. Then, just before the proceedings recessed for the weekend, it was announced that the city had agreed to pay Floyd’s family $27 million to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit. Some observers say the development could result in a mistrial in Chauvin’s criminal case.

Seven jurors were seated last week — a faster-than-expected pace as the court seeks to impanel 12 jurors and up to four alternates. Beyond jury selection, there were also fresh revelations about the investigation into Floyd’s death and hints of strategy from both sides in the landmark case.

What to know

  • Chauvin didn’t speak to investigators or his supervisors after Floyd’s death
  • Judge warns prosecutors on ‘spark-of-life’ testimony
  • Chauvin’s attorney is subtly trying to change his client’s image
  • Jurors will hear that Chauvin was fired, but not why