(TargetLiberty.org) – On Friday former gang leader John Turscak, 30, who is an ex-FBI informant pleaded not guilty to the charges relating to the stabbing of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin in federal prison.
Turscak is serving a 30-year sentence for crimes he had committed during his time as a member of the Mexican Mafia prison gang. He is now accused of having used an improvised knife to attack Chauvin on Black Friday at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, Arizona.
Following the attack on November 24, Turscak is facing charges of attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with the intent to commit murder, and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.
Turscak is accused of having stabbed Chauvin, who is serving a prison sentence for the murder of George Floyd, 22 times. The attack against the former police officer was also inspired by the BLM movement according to reports.
The jury trial is scheduled to start on Feb. 13. The incident occurred only four days after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Chauvin’s appeal to his murder conviction. Chauvin is trying to overturn his federal guilty plea by providing new evidence which he claims shows that he had not been the one to cause the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.
On Dec. 3, Gregory Erickson, the attorney of Chauvin released a statement in which he noted that his client’s medical condition had improved greatly and that he was set to return to prison custody for his follow-up care.
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