Derek Chauvin is no longer in custody after posting his $1 million bond. The former police officer was released from Minnesota’s maximum security prison in Oak Park Heights on Wednesday (Oct. 7), where he has been held since May 31.
According to Fox 9, Chauvin posted a non-cash payment for the $1 million bond, signed by bail bonds service A-Affordable Bail Bonds of Brainerd, Minnesota. A Minnesota Department of Corrections spokesperson confirmed that Chauvin was released from the prison on Wednesday and a court notice shows he posted bond at 10:34 a.m. local time.
Chauvin — along with ex-officers Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng — are awaiting their trial, set for March 8, 2021.
In May, Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for the death of George Floyd. Thao, Lane and Kueng were all subsequently charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
On Sept. 11, attorneys for all four of the defendants filed motions to relocate the trial to outside of Hennepin County, arguing that the local jury pool would be prejudiced against their clients due to the case’s media coverage.
The lawyers also argued for separate trials for each of the former cops rather than one joint trial. However, Minnesota prosecutors claimed four separate trials would delay justice and tax the court. Furthermore, prosecutor Neal Katyal argued that “forcing the family, victims and eye-witnesses to go through not just one, not two, three, but four [trials]” would “force reliving of the trauma.”
“I’ve seen a lot in my life; I can barely watch these videos,” Katyal said of the clips of Floyd’s death at the time.
The judge has the remainder of a 90-day period to decide on the location of the trials and whether or not they will be scheduled separately.