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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Local lawyers are reacting after Derek Chauvin was found guilty on charges.

It was a verdict that came down Tuesday after just 10 hours of deliberations. It was something defense attorney Blaine Jones didn’t expect.

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“I was surprised the verdict happened so fast.

But when I really stepped back and thought about it, it almost seemed the trial was the formality because I think the court of public opinion already made its decision,” said Jones.

A decision that, Jones said, didn’t bode well for Chauvin — especially because the jury wasn’t sequestered.

“I don’t see how them not being sequestered helped Mr. Chauvin and don’t think you can get a fair and partial jury for a case of this magnitude,” said Jones.

Attorney Todd Hollis also weighed in.

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“I agreed with all the counts and thought all appropriately charged,” said Hollis. “This is a moment we should applaud, but I think real changes need to happen.”

So what’s next for Chauvin?

“There may be arguments the prosecution makes that he should be sentenced in a certain way based on how Floyd died,” said Hollis.

“Based on the video and overwhelming evidence and based on fact that this is a police officer who held a higher standard, I think the judge will give Chauvin a tremendous amount of time,” said Jones.

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It will be another eight weeks before Chauvin is sentenced. He will await that court date in jail since the judge revoked the former officer’s bail.

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3 women arrested in vandalism of Chauvin defense witness’ former Sonoma County home

SANTA ROSA  — Three women have been arrested for allegedly vandalizing the one-time Northern California home of a former police officer who testified on behalf of the officer convicted of killing George Floyd by splashing pig blood on it and leaving a pig’s head near the front porch.

Rowan Dalbey, 20, Kristen Aumoithe, 34, and Amber Lucas, 35, all of Santa Rosa, were arrested Tuesday on felony vandalism and conspiracy charges. They were cited and released, Santa Rosa Police spokeswoman Lt. Jeneane Kucker said Wednesday.

After targeting home on April 17, the women also allegedly smeared pig blood on a large hand statue in Santa Rosa Plaza and left a picture of a pig reading “Oink Oink.” They have also been charged with that vandalism, Kucker said.

It wasn’t immediately known if the women have an attorney who can speak on their behalf.

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Kucker said detectives believe there are additional possible suspects and are asking the community to help identify them.

The home in the city north of San Francisco once belonged to Barry Brodd, a retired police officer who was on the stand in the murder trial against former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin.

Brodd, a former Santa Rosa police officer, testified at the murder trial that he believes Chauvin’s restraint of Floyd was in keeping with proper police practice.

Chauvin was convicted last month of murder and manslaughter charges.

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