Courteney Batya Ross, 45, said that she met Freud in August 2017 while working as a security guard for the Salvation Army in Floyd. In the emotional testimony, she said that they like to explore the local sculpture garden and date together.
She testified that in March 2020, she found that Floyd had doubled his pain and took him to the emergency room. She said that due to an overdose, he stayed in the hospital for a few days. She said she believed he had started using it again in May 2020.
The prosecutor admitted in the opening remarks that Freud had a history of opioid addiction, but said it had nothing to do with why he died in May last year. However, defense lawyer Eric Nelson argued that Floyd’s real cause of death was drug use and some pre-existing health problems.
Floyd’s personal account comes from Chauvin’s testimony on the fourth day of the criminal trial. The story of his girlfriend has changed dramatically from the distressing body camera footage of four former Minneapolis police officers who arrested Floyd in May last year, who was arrested on Wednesday.
A clip from Chauvin’s own body camera shows that, moments after Floyd Li’s weak body was left the scene by an ambulance, he defended an important bystander.
“This is one person’s opinion.” Qiao Wen replied as he walked into the team. “We have to control this person because he is quite a big person. It seems that he may be doing something.”
The comment is the first time a juror or the public has heard Chauvin’s voice-this may be the last time. His lawyer did not indicate whether he would testify for his defense.
“I feel helpless,” he said with tears. “I don’t have a mother either. I know him.”
Chauvin, 45, pleaded not guilty to the charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree homicide.
Floyd friends say he will fight for fifth place
A policeman who sat in the car with Freud and removed him from the car said he would not testify in the trial.
According to documents submitted by his public defender, Adrienne Cousins, Maurice Hall will invoke the Fifth Amendment without testifying whether he should be called to the seat. Hall was listed on the prosecutor’s list of potential witnesses and is now asking the court to reject the subpoena because he will not testify.
On Wednesday, members of the jury watched videos of Floyd, Hall and another passenger who were taken by police from the Mercedes SUV they were sitting across from Cup Foods.
An eyewitness working at Cup Foods described Freud and Hall each attempting to use the 20-dollar bills he identified as counterfeit.
Hall fled Minnesota shortly after Floyd’s death, according to the investigator’s statement cited in court documents in August 2020. Before Floyd’s death, he was finally arrested in Texas on a felony order issued by Minnesota, one of which was a felony of possession of a gun.
Hall was also accused of trying to get rid of evidence on the day of Freud’s death.
A court document submitted by the defense stated: “Surveillance footage from the nearby Dragon Pot Restaurant shows that Mr. Hall appears to be using Freud’s resistance to disperse the ability to destroy evidence.”
“The video shows Mr. Hall watching through Mr. Freud’s car window to ensure that he is not monitored by the police, and then… Mr. Hall secretly threw something into the sewer in the street.”
Judge Peter Cahill has not yet ruled on Hall’s request for the release of witnesses.
His public defender did not immediately respond to CNN’s call.