Derek Chauvin refused to testify in the murder of George Floyd because the defense closed the case after only two days of testimony.
Qiao Wen invoked his Fifth Amendment to oppose the right of self-enforcement because he sacrificed the opportunity to explain to the jury why his knee stayed on Freud’s neck for more than nine minutes, and the lawyer offered him Painted more sympathetic pictures of the police officer. However, he also avoided careful questioning of his actions and thoughts due to cross-examination by the prosecution.
The two sides will hold a closing debate on Monday, and then submit the case to the jury for consideration.
Chavin, 45, denied the charges of second and third degree murder and manslaughter caused by Floyd̵
After a series of witnesses challenged the complaint, the defense upheld the original verdict. Qiao Wen and two other police officers were responsible for Freud’s death by nailing Freud to the ground, but instead accused the 46-year-old black man of heart disease and drug use.
The chief medical expert of the Department of Defense, Dr. David Fowler, also put forward an idea on Wednesday that carbon monoxide in car exhaust will cause Floyd to die.
On Thursday, the judge allowed the prosecution to recall one of its main witnesses, Dr. Martin Tobin, to refute Fowler’s testimony.
Tobin questioned Fowler’s assertion that the level of carboxyhemoglobin in Freud’s blood (between the carbon monoxide attached to the protein can replace oxygen) is between 10% and 18%, which will lead to heart failure.
“I believe this is unreliable,” Tobin said.
Tobin said that tests showed Freud’s blood oxygen saturation was 98%, and “other” only 2%.
Last week, pulmonologist Tobin told the trial that Chauvin and other officers had caused Floyd’s death by cutting off the oxygen supply, which caused brain damage and cardiac arrest. Tobin dismissed it and tried to transfer the cause of death to Freud’s heart disease and drug use. He said that if there were no police on top of his head, he would not die, and “a healthy person would suffer from Freud. Mr. De’s torture will kill him.”.
No allegations require the prosecutor to prove that Chauvin deliberately killed Floyd.
In order to convict Chauvin for second-degree murder (up to 40 years in prison), the jury must determine that the defendant police “conducted or attempted to commit a felony at the same time” that caused Floyd’s death, in this case an assault.
Convicted of a lesser charge for third-degree murder, with a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, requiring a jury to rule that Chauvin committed “an act that poses a major danger to others…ignoring human life.”
The judge initially blocked the third-degree murder charge, but the prosecution appealed and won reinstatement because if the jury could not agree that Shavin committed the crime by kneeling on Freud’s neck instead of simply ignoring the court and committing the crime, it would increase the conviction. possibility. His safety.
Chauvin also faces charges of second-degree intentional homicide, which requires the prosecutor to only prove that he took an “unreasonable risk” that endangered Freud’s life. It can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.
The judge told the jury that once the deliberations begin, it will be isolated. He advised them how much to pack, he said: “Plan more and go short”.
It is planned to try three other police officers in connection with Freud’s death together later this year for assisting and teaching the murder of murder and manslaughter.