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The concluding debates will take place on Monday, after which the jury will be quarantined for arbitration.

The concluding arguments are expected to be heard on Monday during the trial of former Minneapolis Police (MPD) Derek Chauvin on George Floyd’s murder after defense and prosecutors suspended the case on Friday. Year.

Chauvin gave up the right to testify in his trial, a surprise when the defense defender took a break two days after taking testimony.

Chauvin, 45, told defense attorney Eric Nelson as Judge Peter Cahill observed: “I’m going to claim my fifth amendment privilege today.

Chauvin, a white man, was charged with second and third degree murder and manslaughter by killing 46-year-old Floyd, by keeping his body weight on the neck of a black man for 9 minutes 29 seconds. Floyd was arrested after being accused of using a counterfeit $ 20 note at a nearby market.

Defense attorney Eric Nelson tried to determine that factors other than Chauvin’s actions caused the death of George Floyd [File: Court TV/Pool via AP Photo]

The fifth Amendment is part of the US Constitution that allows a person charged to remain silent so that they do not accuse themselves.

Legal specialist told Al Jazeera Chauvin will need to testify to arouse suspicion in the jury.

Nelson built on Chauvin’s protections by challenging the state account of how Floyd died by calling witnesses to testify that Floyd’s health and drug use are contributing factors. part.

The prosecution spent two weeks on its case and called a series of experts to testify Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s back is the cause of death. They also called current MPD officers, including the sheriff, to say that Chauvin’s restraint of Floyd was excessive force. Witnesses were at the scene details of the events of May 25, the day Floyd died, and recounted their feelings of helplessness.

Chauvin’s defended made the case that his use of force was within the limits of his training, and called a former MPD officer to testify of a previous Floyd arrest.

On Wednesday, defense called former Maryland’s primary health examiner, Dr. David Fowler, who said Floyd’s “Open Heart” is a major cause and can contribute to carbon monoxide poisoning in the exhaust fumes of a nearby police vehicle.

The defense took a break on Thursday, paving the way for the prosecutor’s rebuttal. It calls a witness, then resolves the case.

A video courtroom sketch of George Floyd’s arrest by Officer Derek Chauvin was shown to jurors during the trial of former Minneapolis Police Derek Chauvin on murder charges [Jane Rosenberg/Reuters]

After Chauvin gave up his right to testify earlier on Thursday, the prosecutor told the court that they had received new evidence of Floyd’s carbon monoxide levels in the blood of Floyd from Andrew Baker, Hennepin County medical examiner.

Baker, who performed Autopsy of Floyd, looked at Fowler’s testimony and approached prosecutors about the results of the test results related to carbon monoxide in Floyd’s system.

“He heard the testimony and thought that this file might exist because he thought, well, he knows that there is a table of tests run on the machine and then the tests will come. emergency doctors. that they asked to see the values, ”prosecutor Jerry Blackwell said in court.

Blackwell stressed that the prosecutor did not seek the information, but Cahill said it would not be allowed, as it was “detrimental” to the defense.

Dr. Martin Tobin testified as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presided on April 8, 2021 in Minneapolis [File: Court TV/Pool via AP Photo]

The prosecutor called Dr. Martin Tobin, a lung specialist who previously testified to the prosecution, to disprove the fugitive’s story. Measurements show Floyd has a blood oxygen concentration of 98 percent, meaning the carbon monoxide level should be less than two percent, said Tobin.



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