Attempted Murder Charge in Derek Chauvin Prison Stabbing

Tucson, Arizona ( John Turscak, a federal inmate, was charged with attempted murder on Friday for stabbing Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted in George Floyd’s murder case. The incident occurred in the law library at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tucson, Arizona.

Key details include:

  1. Stabbing Incident: Turscak stabbed Chauvin 22 times with an improvised knife in the prison’s law library, prompting attempted murder charges.
  2. Intent to Kill: Turscak expressed to correctional officers that he would have killed Chauvin had they not responded swiftly.
  3. Motivation: Turscak revealed to FBI agents that he had contemplated assaulting Chauvin for about a month, citing Chauvin’s high-profile status. He claimed the attack was not intended to be lethal but had symbolic connections to the Black Lives Matter movement and the “Black Hand” symbol associated with the Mexican Mafia.
  4. Legal Representation: Turscak, representing himself in previous court matters, currently lacks a listed attorney in court records.
  5. Chauvin’s Status: Derek Chauvin, serving federal and state sentences concurrently, was transferred to FCI Tucson from a maximum-security Minnesota state prison in August 2022.
  6. Safety Concerns: Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, advocated for keeping him out of the general prison population due to safety concerns, resulting in Chauvin being mainly kept in solitary confinement for his protection.
  7. George Floyd’s Death: Derek Chauvin’s involvement in George Floyd’s death, pressing a knee on Floyd’s neck for 9½ minutes, led to global protests and a broader conversation about police brutality and racism.

John Turscak remains in custody, and further legal proceedings are expected.


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