The three former Minneapolis police officers accused of helping to restrain George Floyd leading up to his murder are set to stand trial beginning March 7, 2022.
The court date comes nearly a month after a judge declared that the case would be pushed until next year, instead of its initial start date in August.
The defendants – Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane -- are scheduled to go on trial in Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis. Opening statements will start March 28.
The trial was delayed to allow publicity from ex-Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial to subside and for a federal trial against the three officers to proceed first.
The three former officers are accused of helping restrain Floyd and keeping concerned bystanders from intervening to help him, FOX 9 in Minneapolis reported.
In April, Derek Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after Chauvin held his knee neck for nine minutes causing him to be unable to breathe.