Eric Nelson: Derek Chauvin is supported by Carolyn Pawlenty, Kellie Chauvin, Kheng Xiong, Xommvaxai Xiong

Derek Chauvin
Derek Chauvin

Derek Michael Chauvin, 45, does not have biological children. He is the former stepfather of Kheng Xiong and Xommvaxai Xiong, the sons of Kellie Chauvin, 46, and the late KuJay Xiong.

Derek and Kellie got married in June 2010. Their divorce was granted on February 2, 2021.

On April 20, 2021, Derek was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd‘s death on May 25, 2020. On June 2, 2021, Kellie’s former husband filed motions for mitigated departure and sentencing.

“Mr. Chauvin has received various honors and commendations for his work in the Minneapolis Police Department, including two medals of valor, two medals of commendation, and various lifesaving awards,” Derek’s attorney Eric Nelson, 43, wrote. “However, behind the politics, Mr. Chauvin is still a human being. Before this incident occurred, Mr. Chauvin was an average man with a loving family and close friends.”

“He was a husband, stepfather, uncle, brother and son,” Nelson said of Derek. “To this day, Mr. Chauvin has a close relationship with his family and friends and he benefits tremendously from their support.”


Derek’s parents Robert Michael Chauvin, 74, and Carolyn Marie Pawlenty, 73, divorced on November 26, 1984. After the divorce, she married Leroy Jerome Pawlenty Jr. while Robert married Debra Chauvin.

Carolyn and Leroy’s relationship started while she was married to Derek’s father. Carolyn and Leroy have a daughter named Krysta Pawlenty

According to Nelson, Derek “has the support of his mother, stepfather, father, stepmother and sister.” The attorney wrote, “Additionally, although they divorced in early 2021, Mr. Chauvin is still supported by his ex-wife, her family and his former stepchildren.”

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