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Derek Chauvin Is Guilty of First Degree Murder

Brief by legal expert Alexander C. Baker, J.D.

Officer Derek Chauvin has (finally) been charged with a murder, but only murder in the third degree. I will show that under the applicable Minnesota Statutes, he must be charged with First Degree Murder, by showing that the murder was:

  • Intentional willful and premeditated, or

  • committed in furtherance of terrorism.

The mere charge of third degree murder will be shown indefensible.