Convicted murderer Derek Chauvin somehow managed to come up with funds to hire a new lawyer to take on his appeal, shortly after claiming he was drowning in debt.
According to court documents obtained by Radar, Chauvin is now being represented by a Minnesota attorney named William Mohrman who works at the firm Mohrman, Kaardal & Erickson, P.A.
Earlier this year, Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5-years in prison after a jury found him guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Chauvin being able to pull a new lawyer is interesting given his claims in court. Recently, he filed to be appointed a public defender writing, "Due to my current incarceration, I do not have the sufficient means to retain private counsel for the appeal."
"I currently have no source income, besides nominal prison wages, nor do I own any real property or vehicles," he added.
Chauvin explained the only assets he had were two retirement accounts. "I would face a significant penalty for early access to these retirement funds." He said even if he did take the penalty, "the remaining amount would be less than the current debt I owe, including IRS taxes and other personal debt."
Back in July 2020, Chauvin was hit with felony tax evasion charges after officials claimed he didn't report $95k made from his off-duty security work.
Both he and his then-wife Kellie Chauvin were charged with six counts of aiding and abetting the filing of false or fraudulent tax returns in the state of Minnesota. They reportedly failed to report nearly $470k on their joint tax returns. The state demanded they cough up $37k in unpaid taxes and fees.
His request ended up getting shut down his request after officials took a closer look at his finances. They determined his money woes were not as serious as he was putting on.
Chauvin will now move forward with attempting to convince the higher court to overturn his conviction and let him free.