Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of the murder of George Floyd, invoked his Fifth Amendment rights, before the defense dismissed the trial , Will not testify in Thursday’s trial.
Chauvin was charged with second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter when Floyd, 46, died.
If Chauvin testifies, it will be the first time he has told his story publicly.
The defense called several witnesses in two days, including pathologist Dr. David Fowler (David Fowler), who testified on Wednesday that Freud died of a heart attack and arrhythmia. Fowler, who served as the chief medical inspector of Maryland for 1
Several prosecution witnesses said that Freud died of hypoxia or asphyxiation, the cause of death was the way he was suppressed by the police. One of the witnesses was Dr. Martin Tobin, a pulmonologist, who gave a detailed explanation of Freud’s last moments and was called on Thursday as a counter witness in response to Fowler’s testimony. Played an important role in Floyd’s death.
Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, tried to prove that Freud died of illegal drug use and an underlying health condition. He once said that Chauvin, a 19-year-old veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department, did what he had trained.
The prosecution claimed that Freud’s death was due to Shavin kneeling for 9 minutes and 29 seconds.
During cross-examination on Wednesday, prosecutor Jerry Blackwell asked Fowler to admit that he did not consider the weight of Chauvin’s equipment when analyzing Floyd’s body pressure. .
He also asked Fowler to admit that Freud’s blood had never been tested for carbon monoxide.
“You haven’t seen any data or test results showing that Mr. Freud was injured by carbon monoxide. Is this true?” Blackwell asked.
“That’s correct, because it was never sent,” Fowler replied.
Blackwell pointed out that the car was a gasoline-electric hybrid car, and Fowler admitted that he had no data on the actual release of carbon monoxide. Fowler said he believed the engine was running.
A closing debate is expected on Monday.