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Wife of cop charged with murder of George Floyd wants a name-change

Kellie Chauvin separated from her husband Derek on May 28, the day before he was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for the death of George Floyd, according to the filing.

The filing cites an “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage” that was beyond saving. The couple has been married since June 2010, just under 10 years. She states she is not seeking spousal support.

Chauvin said in the filing she wants to change her last name, among other requests. She didn’t say in the filing which surname she’d take once the divorce was finalized, but the petition notes that she was formerly known as Kellie Thao and Kellie Xiong.

Kellie Chauvin was born in Laos and later moved to Wisconsin after her family fled a refugee camp. She has two children from her previous marriage, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported in a profile of Kellie Chauvin in 2018. In the same profile, she said she met Derek Chauvin at the medical center where she worked when he brought a suspect in for a health check before bringing them to jail.

In 2018, she competed for Mrs. Minnesota, a pageant for married Minnesotans.

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