Reporter | Hennepin County Courts

Chao Xiong is the Hennepin County Courts reporter for the Star Tribune. He previously worked as a Ramsey County, state and Minneapolis general assignment reporter.

Xiong is a native of Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa, where he worked on the college paper, The Daily Iowan, for four years.


Ex-Mpls. officers will go to trial, with a charge vs. Chauvin dropped

After a judge dropped a third-degree murder charge against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and ruled three others will remain charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter, Gov. Tim Walz activated the National Guard.


When does third-degree murder apply?

The statute confuses some legal scholars.


Defense attorney in George Floyd case renews call to move trial after protester arrests

Thomas Plunkett, who represents J. Alexander Kueng, filed a motion to submit videos of two incidents to the court to reinforce an earlier request.


S.D. town lashes back at George Floyd, his uncle over flag fight

After Selwyn Jones led the charge to remove Confederate flag-adorned patches from the uniforms of Gettysburg, S.D., police, the backlash from the town was immediate.


Chauvin released on $1 million bond pending trial in George Floyd killing

After the fired police officer was released from pretrial custody by posting $1 million bond, Gov. Tim Walz activated the Minnesota National Guard and mobilized 100 state troopers and 75 conservation officers out of caution.


Woman says Minneapolis police falsely identified her as assault suspect without contacting her

Lauren P. Peterson said police never reached out to her before pursuing a case against her.


St. Anthony woman wrongly charged with assaulting journalist

A St. Anthony woman was wrongly charged in September with assaulting a journalist during protests in downtown Minneapolis, according to recently filed court documents.The Minneapolis…


Jill Biden on election: 'This is it. There are no do-overs.'

The wife of the Democratic presidential candidate visited Black-owned businesses, helped out at a nonprofit and praised female voters.


Faribault's Sen. Jasinski says he takes 'complete responsibility' for drunken driving

State Sen. John Jasinski said Sunday that he takes "complete responsibility" for driving while impaired Saturday.Jasinski, R-Faribault, declined to be interviewed but acknowledged in a…


Minnesota state Sen. John Jasinski cited for driving while impaired, court records say

State Sen. John Jasinski was cited Saturday for driving while impaired, according to court records. Public information available on the Minnesota courts website showed that…