"Murder in the third degree is reinstated as originally charged in this case," Judge Peter Cahill said in court. "This is not a decision as to the other three defendants who are set for trial at a later date."
Chauvin was already facing second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.
There has been a dispute over the definition of third-degree murder which is referred to as an act "eminently dangerous to others" whereas Cahill said earlier that Chauvin's actions were dangerous only to Floyd and nobody else. However, prosecutors insisted on reviving this charge against Chauvin after the third-degree murder conviction of another Minneapolis policeman had been upheld in the case of the murder of an Australian woman in 2017.
Floyd died on 25 May 2020 after Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd's neck for about nine minutes. Floyd's death sparked mass protests against police brutality and racism across the US and in some other parts of the world.