Reporter | Hennepin County Courts

Chao Xiong is the Hennepin County Courts reporter for the Star Tribune. He previously covered Ramsey County courts, St. Paul police, the state of Minnesota and the city of Minneapolis.


Chauvin files for new trial, faulting judge, prosecution

His attorney points to the failure to sequester the jury in the midst of extensive publicity about the case.


Chauvin juror defends march in D.C. after social post surfaces

George Floyd's brother and sister spoke at the Aug. 28 event, which rallied supporters for police reform.


Attorneys debate 'aggravating factors' in George Floyd murder

Floyd was "particularly vulnerable" and treated with "particular cruelty," prosecutors argued.


Accomplice in fatal shooting sentenced

A Roseville man was sentenced Friday to a little more than seven years in prison for his role in a robbery turned fatal shooting.Tyreik Perkins,…


Homicide charges filed in fatal hit-and-run in Plymouth

Authorities say Jack Blaschke was driving more than 70 miles-an-hour when he struck a man and his dog.


Chauvin juror hopes experience will lead to change, inspire others

Brandon Mitchell wants to use his experience to help empower others to speak up and follow their goals.


Former officers' August trial in George Floyd killing will be livestreamed

The issue could be revisited if attorneys file objections, a court spokesman said.


Minneapolis man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend's ex

A Minneapolis man pleaded guilty Monday to fatally shooting his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend last year in a western suburb.Rodney Velho, 45, pleaded guilty in Hennepin County…


Chauvin verdicts 'not a cause for celebration,' prosecutor says

Keith Ellison's team described the legal case. "There really are no winners."


Chauvin trial was life-changing experience, says alternate juror

Lisa Christensen said testimony from several witnesses to George Floyd's murder was especially difficult and moving. "We didn't want to do or say anything to jeopardize this process … so we were very careful. We were responsible. We took it seriously."