A Hennepin County judge has granted prosecutors’ request to move up the trial of fired Minneapolis officers Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng to October 24th. About two weeks ago, Judge Peter Cahill pushed the trial back from this month to January 5th of next year citing pretrial publicity, but the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office asked for an earlier date on behalf of George Floyd’s family. They wanted an August trial, while co-defendant Kueng’s (KINGS) attorney asked the judge to reconsider the date because of a personal commitment in January. The Star Tribune reports Judge Cahill, in agreeing to an October trial, said he was still weighing the need for publicity to die down, from the officers’ federal trial and from ex-officer Thomas Lane’s guilty plea in May to aiding and abetting manslaughter. Thao and Kueng are both charged with aiding and abetting Floyd’s murder.