THE MESSAGE convicted killer Derek Chauvin had scrawled on his hand as he was led out of court having been found guilty of the murder of George Floyd has been revealed.
There had been widespread speculation over the nature of the message seen written on the 45-year-old’s hand as he was taken away in handcuffs.
According to the disgraced former cop’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, Chauvin wrote down his number on his palm.
Nelson explained to TMZ that, had Chauvin written it on a piece of paper, it would likely have been confiscated once his bail was revoked.
The fact that he had the foresight to write such a message indicates the former Minneapolis cop may have been expecting a guilty verdict.
In any case, Chauvin showed little in the way of surprise after being found guilty by the jury of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Taken out of the courtroom with no opportunity to speak with his lawyer, it is expected that Chauvin will appeal the verdict.
Curious what’s written on Chauvin’s hand here. Can anyone clear it up? pic.twitter.com/FHvBqEGbLe
— Lisa Mitchell (@LisaMitchL) April 20, 2021
Nelson did reveal to TMZ that Chauvin planned to call him from prison but refused to discuss what the topic of conversation would likely be.
Chauvin is now being held at Oak Park Heights, a maximum-security prison located 25 miles from Minneapolis, where he has been placed on suicide watch.
The 45-year-old is facing up to 75 years behind bars.
Second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, third-degree murder a maximum of 25 years and second-degree manslaughter a maximum of 10 years.
Chauvin was convicted thanks, in part, to the compelling testimony of Irish physician Dr Martin Tobin who demonstrated, beyond doubt, that the police officer was responsible for Floyd’s death.