George Floyd killing: Ex-cops' state trial moved to October

A person lays flowers in the 'Say Their Names' cemetery.
Community members lay flowers down near gravestone markers at the 'Say Their Names' cemetery Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in Minneapolis.
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Updated 9:52 a.m.

The state trial of two former Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting in George Floyd's killing has been rescheduled for this fall.

J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao are now scheduled to go to trial on Oct. 24. The state trial has been repeatedly delayed as they faced federal charges for violating Floyd's civil rights.

It was supposed to start earlier this month, but Judge Peter Cahill postponed it until Jan. 5, saying that would improve prospects for a fair trial.

Kueng's attorney had argued that he had a conflict starting in January 2023 and asked that the trial be moved back to April. Prosecutors speaking on behalf of Floyd's family argued that the case should be resolved more speedily.

Cahill set the new Oct. 24 date after a hearing Tuesday morning.

Kueng and Thao are charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter. Their former co-defendant Thomas Lane pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. All three men are also awaiting sentencing for their convictions in federal court.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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