Below are frequently asked questions and resources related to the State of Minnesota vs. J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao.
October 24, 2022: Opening motions for the State of Minnesota vs. J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao trial took place. J. Alexander Kueng plead guilty to aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. His sentencing hearing will be December 9. Tou Tao agreed to a trial by stipulated evidence, meaning he waived his right to a jury and to testify. A judge will decide the verdict in his case.
Web and phone resources
Minnesota Judicial Branch website: State of Minnesota vs. J. Alexander Kueng
Minnesota Judicial Branch website: State of Minnesota vs. Tou Thao
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Frequently Asked Questions
When will the trial take place?
The trial opening motions were October 24, with J. Alexander Kueng pleading guilty to aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter and Tou Tao agreeing to a trial by stipulated evidence.
How long will the trial last?
J. Alexander Kueng will be sentenced on December 9. Attorneys will agree on the submitted evidence for Tou Tao by November 17, and the judge-rendered verdict is expected to take place by mid-February.
Who are the defendants?
The defendants are former Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, who are standing trial for aiding and abetting second-degree unintentional murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. A third officer, Thomas Lane, entered a guilty plea in May to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
Where will the trial take place?
There will no longer be a trial at the Hennepin County Government Center. The remaining dates will be for verdict and sentencing.