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What we’re reading: Closing arguments in Chauvin trial, Austin shooting suspect arrested

FILE – This illustration made available by NASA depicts the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars which was attached to the bottom of the Perseverance rover, background left. It will be the first aircraft to attempt controlled flight on another planet. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)

NASA lands helicopter on Mars

NASA made history this morning by landing its Ingenuity helicopter on Mars, according to Fox News.

The entire flight in the Jezero Crater flight zone was predicted to take 40 seconds as the helicopter captured images with a 13-megapixel camera.

Ingenuity made it to Mars by hitching a ride from the Perseverance rover. 

After more than six years and $85 million, the highly rewarding trip was successfully completed.

Closing arguments set to begin in Chauvin trial

A protester holds a sign across the street from the Hennepin County Government Center Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Minneapolis where testimony continues in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin is charged with murder in the death of George Floyd during an arrest last May in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

In the murder trial of George Floyd, Derek Chauvin’s closing arguments are set for Monday morning according to NBC News.

Chauvin is being charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

After three weeks of testimony from dozens of witnesses, Steven Schleicher, a former federal prosecutor and veteran trial attorney, delivered the prosecution’s closing statements.

Schleicher closed by emphasizing that this case is not against the Minnesota police and added that policing is “a most noble profession.”

He then addressed the defense’s main argument that drug overdoses, an enlarged heart or carbon monoxide killed Floyd and asked if he would have died had Chauvin had not restrained him. 

After Schleicher’s closing statements the judge gave the jury instructions that spoke to the burden of proof. 

Wanted former sheriff’s detective arrested

Authorities arrested a former sheriff’s office detective suspected of killing three people in an Austin, Texas shooting, according to CNN.

Stephen Broderick was arrested Monday morning after two callers called in a suspicious person when they saw him walking down the side of 12300 Old Kimbro Road.

His arrest came nearly 24 hours after he shot and killed three people Sunday.

According to Austin Police Interim Chief Joseph Chacon, all three victims knew Broderick but the motive for the Austin shooting is still unknown. 

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