The attorney for one of the former Minneapolis officers charged with killing George Floyd has asked for a change of venue for the trial and specifically mentioned Stearns County as an option.   Additionally, the Hennepin County attorneys have filed a motion to combine all four defendants into one trial.   Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall says the Hennepin County Judge is currently considering both motions:

“The factors are it would be convenient for the parties to get to that alternative location. It has to be convenient for the witnesses and usually a very heavyweight factor is will it be convenient for the victim’s family.”

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for September 11th and Kendall believes the judge will make a decision on the venue relatively quickly:

“Just because he knows the amount of planning and preparation and security and figuring out how you are going to do the jury questionaries. Again just a lot of moving parts in this.”

The trial must be held in Minnesota and it has to be in a place where the jury pool would be similar to what they’d get in Hennepin County. Right now the trial, or trials, are set to begin in early March.