Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin will again face an additional count of third-degree murder in the death of George Floyd after the judge in his case reinstated the charge Thursday. University of Minnesota Criminal Law Professor Richard Frase says this additional charge could be used as a bargaining chip:

“Parties reassess their position as they get closer to trial and even after jury selection begins because when they see how the jury is shaping up and what kinds of people are likely to be on the jury affects the assessment of how strong of a case they have and they might become more willing to bargain.”

On Thursday the 6th juror was chosen. The trial begins on March 29th