Appeals court: Aiding and abetting 3rd-degree murder charges should be reconsidered for ex-cops involved in Floyd's death | KSTP.com

Appeals court: Aiding and abetting 3rd-degree murder charges should be reconsidered for ex-cops involved in Floyd's death

From left: Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao. Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office. From left: Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao.

Josh Skluzacek
Updated: June 30, 2021 06:44 PM
Created: June 30, 2021 06:26 PM

The Minnesota Court of Appeals says a district court judge erred by not allowing the state to reinstate aiding and abetting third-degree murder charges against three former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death.

Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng are already charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

In a ruling Wednesday, the appeals court said the district court needs to reconsider whether it will add aiding and abetting third-degree murder charges against the former officers.

The same scenario played out in Derek Chauvin's trial when prosecutors tried to reinstate the third-degree murder charge after an appeals court upheld former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor's third-degree murder conviction for the killing of Justine Ruszczyk Damond in 2017.


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