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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The judge overseeing the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer accused in the death of George Floyd has paused jury selection while an appeal proceeds over the possible reinstatement of a third-degree murder charge.

Judge Peter Cahill said Monday that he does not have jurisdiction to rule on whether the third-degree murder charge should be reinstated against Derek Chauvin while the issue is being appealed.

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death. Legal experts say reinstating the charge will improve the odds of getting a conviction.

Chauvin’s attorney says he'll ask the state Supreme Court to review the appeals court decision that ordered Cahill to reconsider the charge.

News update:  Protesters gather outside courthouse where Derek Chauvin trial is being held.

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