Here are things to know for Wednesday, May 5:
1. Derek Chauvin’s lawyer files motions to throw out guilty verdict, seeks new trial
The defense attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of killing George Floyd has requested a new trial, saying the court abused its discretion, and he wants a hearing to have the verdict impeached because of what he says is jury misconduct, according to a court document filed Tuesday.
Derek Chauvin, who is white, was convicted last month of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the May 25 death of Floyd. Evidence at trial showed Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes as the Black man said he couldn’t breathe and went motionless.
Defense attorney Eric Nelson said he is requesting a new trial in the interests of justice. He said there were abuses of discretion that deprived Chauvin of a fair trial, prosecutorial and jury misconduct and that the verdict was contrary to law.
2. Surveillance video released after transgender woman killed outside of Houston area Chick-Fil-A
Police are still searching for answers after a transgender woman was killed outside of a Chick-Fil-A.
Pain still runs deep for the family of Iris Santos, a 22-year-old transgender woman who was shot to death outside of the Chick-Fil-A on Westheimer on April 23.
“Why do that? Why is my question,” Santos’ mother Maria Carreon asked.
Carreon said she found out about her daughter’s death two days later from neighbors.
3. 2 employees transported to hospital after small chemical release at Marathon’s Galveston Bay Refinery, officials say
Two employees were transported to a local medical facility after a small chemical release at Marathon’s Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City, the refinery confirmed in a statement.
The statement comes after a shelter-in-place order was lifted for residents who lived near the refinery, which is located at 2401 5th Ave S.
According to the statement from the refinery, automated response systems activated mitigation measures in response to a small chemical release.
4. FBISD students accuse teacher of writing ‘Heteros Rule’ over gay pride chalk art
Sartartia Middle School students are concerned over the alleged reaction of a teacher after students drew chalk art, which included chalk drawings of gay pride flags.
Fort Bend ISD sent out an email to parents notifying them about an incident, but the email left out the details of what happened. Students and parents told KPRC 2 that the teacher wrote “Heteros Rule” on top of the chalk art, causing concern.
“I just got an email that something happened with a teacher and a student,” said one parent.
The email, which came from Sartartia Middle School Principal Cholly Oglesby, stated:
“We have been made aware of an unfortunate incident involving some of our students who reported an interaction with a teacher, which the students stated left them feeling disrespected and marginalized. Keeping in mind that the safety, health, and social and emotional well-being of our students and staff are always our top priority, we were extremely disheartened to hear about these allegations from members of the Sartartia Middle School community as well as some of our feeder pattern high schools.
5. Crime Stoppers of Houston noticing more shoppers, diners being followed home and robbed
Crime Stoppers of Houston told KPRC 2 they are noticing a frightening trend of shoppers and diners being followed from stores and restaurants and then robbed.
These recent hold-ups are happening in some busy parts of town like the Galleria area and Upper Kirby.
“I think more and more people are getting out due to the fewer restrictions on COVID. It is also open season for those who want to commit criminal conduct,” said Andy Kahan of Crime Stoppers of Houston