Deena Winter

Deena Winter

Deena Winter is a freelance journalist who has covered state and local government in four states over the past three decades.

Derek Chauvin found guilty on 3 charges in murder of George Floyd

By: , , and - April 20, 2021

The jury has spoken, and found Derek Chauvin guilty in the death of George Floyd. The former Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd, who was handcuffed and face down on the pavement, for more than 9 minutes at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue last May. 

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The Derek Chauvin trial looks like David v. Goliath, but it’s not

By: - April 19, 2021

On the ninth day of testimony during one of the most significant police brutality cases in U.S. history, Derek Chauvin’s attorney Eric Nelson began to lose his voice.

Derek Chauvin won’t testify in his own defense; closing arguments Monday

By: - April 16, 2021

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin opted not to take the stand Thursday in the last day of testimony during his murder trial. 

Defense pathologist says manner of George Floyd’s death ‘undetermined’

By: - April 15, 2021

Testimony in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial is nearing the end. Jurors heard from a Maryland forensic pathologist Wednesday who said George Floyd died of sudden cardiac arrest due to heart disease while being restrained by three Minneapolis police officers. 

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Derek Chauvin trial: Defense begins presenting case Tuesday

By: - April 13, 2021

After 11 days of testimony, the prosecution is wrapping up its case against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. 

Medical examiner stands by homicide determination in Derek Chauvin trial

By: - April 12, 2021

Hennepin County’s chief medical examiner told the jury he stood by his initial conclusion that George Floyd died when his heart and lungs stopped after Derek Chauvin and other Minneapolis police officers subdued and restrained him, compressing his neck.

Breathing expert testifies in Chauvin trial: ‘That’s the moment the life goes out of his body’

By: - April 9, 2021

A diminutive Irish doctor captured the attention of the jury deciding Derek Chauvin’s fate, explaining in simple terms Thursday how he believes three Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd when they handcuffed and put him face down on the street and restrained him for more than nine minutes. 

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Testimony in Chauvin murder trial continues on excessive force, drugs found in Floyd’s car

By: - April 8, 2021

A Los Angeles sergeant, the lead investigator on the case and three scientists testified Wednesday, as prosecutors continued to lay out their case that former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin committed murder and manslaughter when he pinned George Floyd to the ground last year.

Derek Chauvin murder trial: Cops say he violated policy, used excessive force

By: - April 7, 2021

Prosecutors continued calling police officers Tuesday to testify that Derek Chauvin’s handling of George Floyd violated Minneapolis Police Department policies and training.

Police chief condemns Derek Chauvin: ‘Not part of our ethics or values’

By: - April 6, 2021

Testimony continued Monday in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd on May 25.

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George Floyd’s girlfriend takes the stand; Chauvin’s supervisor says restraint should have stopped sooner

By: - April 2, 2021

The fourth day of testimony in Derek Chauvin’s trial revolved around George Floyd’s drug use and two paramedics’ conclusion that Floyd was dead by the time their ambulance arrived on the scene at Cup Foods.

Derek Chauvin trial Day 3: Cup Foods clerk regrets 911 call on George Floyd

By: - April 1, 2021

During the third day of testimony in Derek Chauvin’s trial for murder and manslaughter, the jury saw more videos from virtually every angle of the day George Floyd died in south Minneapolis.