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Derek Chauvin says he will not testify at trial as defense is set to rest

April 15, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Derek Chauvin said Thursday he will not testify in his own defense in the trial of George Floyd's death and he invoked his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.

(CNN)Derek Chauvin said Thursday he will not testify in his own defense in the trial of George Floyd's death and he invoked his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.

The former Minneapolis Police officer's defense team has called seven witnesses in their attempt to acquit Chauvin in the death of George Floyd last May. A police use-of-force expert testified Tuesday that Chauvin's restraint of Floyd was "justified," and a forensic pathologist testified Wednesday that Floyd's cause of death was "undetermined," saying his underlying heart issues were the most likely causes.

The testimony cut at the prosecution's argument that Floyd's primary cause of death was low oxygen due to Chauvin's restraint of a handcuffed Floyd in the prone position -- known as "positional asphyxia. "

Five separate medical experts, including a cardiologist and a pulmonologist, said that Chauvin's restraint caused Floyd's death.

Hennepin County Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker, who conducted Floyd's autopsy, testified last week that the police restraint was the primary cause of death, and he listed Floyd's heart disease and fentanyl use as other significant conditions.

On Tuesday, a use-of-force expert said Chauvin was justified in kneeling on Floyd for over nine minutes and did not use deadly force.

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