The US Supreme Court rejected on Monday a conviction appeal for the former Minneapolis policeman who murdered George Floyd on May 25, 2020.

The decision affirms Derek Chauvin’s conviction for second-degree murder and sentence of more than 20 years in prison.

In October, Chauvin’s legal defense requested the highest court to take up their client’s case, arguing he was denied a fair trial in 2021 because of prejudice in the pre-trial due to publicity.

They also argued juror misconduct, alleging that it was in the jurors’ best interest to find Chauvin guilty to avoid threats of violence from the public.

The Supreme Court did not provide comment on its decision to refuse Chauvin’s appeal.