Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, accused of the murder of George Floyd, will be hearing the trial alone in early March.
The selection of the jury in Chernin’s prosecution was set for March 8, with no earlier statement than March 29.
According to Cahill, three other officers who played a role in Floyd’s death, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tu Thao will be tried to debut together in August.
Prosecutors were surprised by the ruling, and Attorney General Keith Ellison said that all four officers should face charges in the same trial.
“We respectfully disagreed with the court’s decision to separate all three defendants from the other,” Ellison said in a statement.
“As we argued several months ago, and as the judge agreed in his November ruling, we believe all four defendants should be jointly.”
Ellison said “the evidence against each defendant is the same” and holding more than one lawsuit “may reclaim eyewitnesses and family members.”
Chauvin’s attorney Eric Nelson declined comment on Tuesday.
Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter and faces up to 40 years in prison if found guilty.
The murder of Floyd, a black man killed on May 25 while being pinned to the ground below Chowin’s knee, sparked worldwide protests against systemic racism.
March 13 police in Louisville killed Bravo Taylor and slow attempts to prosecute Ahmud Arbe’s killers in Georgia also contributed to the heat of mass protests.
Melanie Kuchera has contributed.