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Former officers J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao announced to US District Judge Paul Magnuson that they plan to testify in their own defense, in the trial in which they are accused of violating the civil rights of George Floyd.
Thomas Lane, the rookie officer who restrained Floyd’s legs during the fatal restraint, also plans to take the stand at trial.or, his attorney, Earl Gray told the court last month during opening statements.
However, last Monday Gray told Magnuson that he wanted to talk to Lane about it before making a final decision.
The federal trial comes a year after a former Minneapolis officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on Floyd’s neck. for 9 minutes and 29 seconds.
Lane, Kueng and Thao are charged with disenfranchisement when Chauvin held Floyd down. What’s more, Thao and Kueng are accused of deliberately failing to intervene in Chauvin’s use of unreasonable force.resulting in Floyd’s death.
All three have pleaded not guilty to federal charges and are being tried together. On the other hand, Chauvin admitted his guilt in December as part of a plea deal.
The three officers will face state trial later this year on charges of aiding and abetting the murder of Floyd..
Defense attorneys are expected to The three former officers begin presenting their case on Tuesday when court resumes at 10:30 am ET.
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