Derek Michael Chauvin, 44, and Kellie Xiong Chauvin, 46, got married in 2010 and lived in Washington County, Minnesota, United States. She separated from him on May 28, 2020, which was three days after the fatal arrest of George Floyd, and filed a divorce petition in the Washington County District Court in Stillwater, Minnesota on May 31, 2020.
The divorce settlement would have given most of Derek’s assets to Kellie but Washington County District Judge Juanita Freeman rejected it and cited the possibility of fraud on October 26, 2020. In the judge’s order, the couple is allowed to submit a revised agreement, which should include a balance sheet indicating the amount of debt each person has, Fox9 KMSP has learned.
Technically, Freeman neither accused the couple of fraud nor discussed their motives. She explained that judges can deny an uncontested agreement reached between couples like Derek and Kellie if the transfer features badges of fraud.
“The Court has a duty to ensure that marriage dissolution agreements are fair and equitable,” the Minnesota Star Tribune quoted Freeman as saying in her ruling. “One badge of fraud is a party’s transfer of ‘substantially all’ of his or her assets.”
Born in 1976 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Derek was hired by the Minneapolis Police Department as a part-time community service officer on January 8, 2001. He was caught on tape kneeling on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds on May 25, 2020 and was fired by the department on May 26, 2020.
Eric Nelson represents Derek in his criminal case related to Floyd’s death. Kellie’s divorce lawyer is Amanda Mason-Sekula while her husband has no attorney in the divorce case.
In 2011, Derek and Kellie bought a townhouse in Windermere, Florida, USA for $210,900. In 2020, its market value increased to $249,224.
In 2017, the couple bought another house in Oakdale, Minnesota for $260,000. In August 2020, they sold it for $279,000.
According to Freeman, Derek and Kellie’s agreement would have given her all the equity in their two homes, all the money in their bank and investment accounts and all the money from his pension and retirement accounts. Funds from two of his accounts earned before their marriage would have been exempt.