The three police officers awaiting trial after being charged for their role in George Floyd’s death were awarded money in their criminal case.
According to court documents obtained by Radar, a Minnesota judge awarded $5,000 in attorney fees to the lawyer representing the former Minneapolis police officers Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao.
The defendants, who are represented by the same lawyer Deb Ellis, claimed they were owed the money per state law. Earlier in the case, the prosecutors had filed an appeal of a decision made by the judge.
They were fighting to amend the criminal complaints against the defendants to add a charge of aiding and abetting third-degree murder. The former police officers’ lawyer demanded the appeal be dismissed.
The court eventually sided with prosecutors allowing them to add the charge. However, the defendants were still able to request their legal fees be paid for fighting the appeal.
Ellis filed docs asking the court to pay her out $5,500 for the 54 hours she spent in “connection with the Appeal, including reviewing relevant materials, conducting legal research, preparing motions and briefs filed with the Court of Appeals, preparing for and presenting oral augment for the Court of Appeals, and other miscellaneous work related to the appeal.”
She claimed to be owed a lot more but was aware the maximum allowed was $5,000. Ellis also wanted $550 to cover additional costs. The judge granted the motion. The document states, “It is ordered that plaintiff State of Minnesota pay to Defendants’ attorney, Deb Ellis, the amount of $5,500.”
As Radar first reported, Chauvin’s lawyer recently asked the court to award him $14k for his appeal work.
Lane, Kueng and Thao are awaiting trial on state charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in relation to George Floyd’s death.
Recently, their state trial start date was pushed back to March 2022 due to the trio being hit with federal charges over the incident. The federal case will go down before the state. The men are accused of playing a role in Floyd’s death. Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter, was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison in his case.