When Is Derek Chauvin Verdict Expected? How to Watch Closing Arguments

The Derek Chauvin murder trial, which began back in early March, draws to an end this week as closing arguments begin Monday. White police officer Chauvin, 45, is on trial for murder and manslaughter after pinning Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, to the pavement last May for nine and a half minutes, according to prosecutors.

Jurors are expected to begin deliberating after the closing arguments, which start at 9 a.m. local time Monday. Following the jury deliberation, a verdict could be announced this week.

Viewers can watch the closing arguments via different television networks, such as Court TV, ABC and NBC, which have been providing daily live coverage of the trial.

It is unknown how long the closing arguments will last but they are likely to conclude by Monday afternoon, according to Mark Osler, a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota's Pioneer Press reported.

As the defense rested its case on Thursday after two days of testimony, Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill said jurors should "plan for long, hope for short" deliberation.

Court TV is "the only network with our own cameras in the courtroom, providing live, gavel-to-gavel coverage of Minnesota v. Derek Chauvin from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET," its website states.

Court TV is available as "a free over-the-air channel and on the leading cable systems." Viewers can watch the trial at Courttv.com. See the Court TV website for local listings to find the nearest local Court TV affiliate in your state.

Users can also catch Court TV for free on streaming devices from Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Vizio smart television devices as well as via Court TV's iOS and Android apps or directly at CourtTV.com.

Court TV is also available for viewing on streaming services YouTube TV, Pluto TV, FreeCast, XUMO, Select TV, KlowdTV, NKT.tv, Redbox, and Local Now.

Viewers can check the YouTube channels for ABC News and NBC News for their latest live broadcasts of the trial this week.

Several local stations and websites have also been broadcasting the trial live, such as Minneapolis' FOX 9, which is streaming live at fox9.com/live. Viewers can also see the website of the Minnesota's Star Tribune, which has been providing a daily livestream of the trial at StarTribune.com.

Following the conclusion of the closing arguments, Cahill will read the jury instructions on the law and charges. The final instructions for the 12-member jury have yet to be released to the public.

The jurors will be sequestered immediately following the closing arguments to begin deliberating. They remain at a hotel overnight until they reach a verdict.

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. The former officer pleaded not guilty to second-degree unintentional murder, second-degree manslaughter, and third-degree murder charges.

The other three former officers involved in Floyd's death have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter. Their trial is scheduled to start at the end of August.

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Demonstrators demanding justice for George Floyd seen on April 9 outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the trial of Derek Chauvin has been ongoing. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images