A prior post discussed the history of third-degree murder charges in these four cases: the May 29 and June 3, 2020 original and superseding complaints against Derek Chauvin included the charge; on October 21, the Court dismissed the charge on the ground that it could be sustained only if the defendant’s actions were not specifically directed at a particular person; on February 4, 2021, the State moved to reassert the charge against Chauvin (and for the first time against the other three defendants for aiding and abetting)] on the basis of a recent Minnesota Court of Appeals decision; and on February 8 Chauvin opposed the motion.
On February 11, the Hennepin County District Court denied the State’s motion for leave to amend its complaint to assert this charge.  This conclusion was justified by the court’s belief that the dissent in the recent Court of Appeals case was correct. “Although the Noor majority opinion is thorough, it is not persuasive in this Court’s view because it departs from the Minnesota Supreme Court’s long adherence to the no-particular -person requirement embedded in the depraved mind element [of the crime].”
 Prosecution and Chauvin Dispute Adding Third-Degree Murder Charges in George Floyd Criminal Case, dwkcommentaries.com (Feb. 10, 2021).
 Order and Memorandum Opinion Denying State’s Motion To Reinstate or Add Third-Degree Murder Charge, State v. Chauvin, Hennepin County District Court (Dist. Ct. File No. 27-CR-20-12646 Feb. 11, 2021); Xiong, Judge rejects third-degree murder charge against ex-officers in George Floyd case, StarTribune (Feb. 11, 2021).