THE George Floyd third-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin has been dropped.
The former cop is facing other charges including second-degree murder and manslaughter following the death of Floyd on May 25.
The ruling was announced by Judge Cahill on Thursday morning.
The judge also confirmed that the aiding and abetting charges against the fellow fired officers, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, will remain.
The dismissal will stay open for five days to allow the state to appeal the decision.
According to Minnesota law, murder in the third degree is committed when there is no intent nor premeditation.
"Whoever, without intent to effect the death of any person, causes the death of another by perpetrating an act eminently dangerous to others and evincing a depraved mind, without regard for human life, is guilty of murder in the third degree," Minnesota statute says.
The news comes just weeks after the judge confirmed that Chauvin is allowed to leave Minnesota before his murder trial due to "safety concerns."
Cahill ruled that the Department of Corrections provided evidence that unidentified "safety concerns" have arisen in Chauvin's pretrial, conditional release.
The judge ruled that he can live in either Minnesota or a neighboring state.
Earlier this month, Chauvin was released from the Minnesota Correctional Facility on Wednesday morning having been held in prison since May 31.
The ex-cop, 44, was filmed kneeling on George Floyd's neck for almost eight minutes in a video that sparked mass protests worldwide.
Floyd suffered cardiopulmonary arrest as he was restrained by the cop, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner's office.
He has been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's death.
The officer was held at the Hennepin and Ramsey county jails before he was transferred to the Oak Park Heights facility.
A release receipt posted by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office showed Chauvin was freed at 11.22am.
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