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.


Floyd family attorneys disappointed with limited courtroom seating

George Floyd and Derek Chauvin are each limited to one family members in the courtroom due to COVID-19 protocols.


Chauvin's attorney faces questions, skepticism over third-degree murder charge at Court of Appeals

Judges were quick to question the strength of defense attorney Eric Nelson's arguments that his client should not face a third charge.


Attorneys: 3rd degree charge vs. Chauvin would improve odds for prosecution

The count offers a middle ground for jurors who may want to compromise in their verdict, attorneys said.


Court of Appeals will hear arguments to add third-degree murder in George Floyd case

A virtual hearing is scheduled for March 1, a week before Derek Chauvin is scheduled to stand trial.


Judge in Floyd case abused discretion in rejecting third-degree murder charges, prosecutors argue

The trial judge misinterpreted case law and should have applied the Court of


Three defense attorneys in George Floyd case file for dismissal, alleging prosecutorial misconduct

Kueng's attorney accused prosecutors of mishandling how they shared evidence and of leaking information about plea negotiations.


Prosecutors ask Court of Appeals a second time to intervene in George Floyd case

The Court of Appeals has already told prosecutors once that it will not interfere with the trial judge's discretion.


Appeals court won't overturn decision to put Chauvin on trial in March

Prosecutors did not establish a basis for the court's involvement, said a Friday ruling.


Judge rejects third-degree murder charge against ex-officers in George Floyd case

Derek Chauvin is scheduled to stand trial March 8.


Attorney seeks to block Facebook videos of George Floyd's death from trial

Attorney for accused ex-officer J. Alexander Kueng says they're irrelevant.