Derek Chauvin is on trial for George Floyd's death

Derek Chauvin is on trial for George Floyd's death

Closing arguments are set to begin on Monday morning, after which the case will be handed over to the jury. If he had done so he could have been cross-examined.

After the defense rests its case, Judge Peter Cahill will allow the prosecution to call a witness to rebut some of the testimony by defense expert witness, Dr. David Fowler.

Bystander video of Mr Floyd gasping that he couldn't breathe triggered worldwide protests.

Chauvin is on trial on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in connection with the May 25, 2020, death of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man. Floyd's death spurred global protests against police brutality.

Earlier yesterday, a retired forensic pathologist told former officer told the trial that Floyd died of a sudden heart rhythm problem due to his heart disease while being restrained by police.

Defence attorney Eric Nelson, left, and defendant, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin address Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill.

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Live video showed police tape at the scene of the incident, which follows several mass shootings in recent weeks. Cook said it was too early to tell whether the shooter was an employee at the facility.

Mr Floyd had high blood pressure and narrowed arteries, and fentanyl and methamphetamine were found in his system.

The only time Chauvin has been heard publicly defending himself was when the jury listened to body-camera footage from the scene.

The question of whether Mr Chauvin would testify was the subject of weeks of speculation, with legal analysts split over whether his testimony would help or hinder his case.

The move not to testify in his own defence means that he will not face cross-examination, with prosecutors likely replaying the video of Floyd's arrest and forcing Chauvin to explain why he kept pressing down on Floyd.

But testifying could have also given the jury the opportunity to look at his unmasked face and see or hear any remorse or sympathy he might feel. During the arrest, Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on the back of Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes.

Fowler served as a defense expert that claimed carbon monoxide from a nearby police vehicle potentially played a role in the death of George Floyd. Nelson said prosecutors have known for weeks that Fowler had meant to bring up potential complications concerning carbon monoxide and should have sought to include the tests, conducted during Floyd's autopsy, earlier.

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