The jury at trial for the murder of 40-year-old black American George Floyd will hear very little or none of the main witness in the drama, as he is in prison and invokes his right not to testify against himself.
Maurice Hall was arrested on separate charges, and appeared via a video link Tuesday morning in front of Judge Peter Cahill, who is presiding over the trial of white police officer Derek Chauvin, to request a waiver that was partially obtained.
“There is really a very small issue that can be discussed,” said the judge, who will issue a final decision at a later time.
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Derek Chauvin, 45, is accused of killing George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis by keeping his knee on his neck for more than nine minutes, a drama that sparked historical anti-racism in the United States. He pleads not guilty and guarantees that Lions are dead of an overdose.
At the start of the trial, his attorney argued that George Floyd, who was in a car with Mr. Hall and another friend, had swallowed two pills shortly before the police arrived. However, last week George Floyd’s girlfriend testified that Mr. Hall had sold drugs to the couple in the past.
Mr. Eric Nelson, who is defending the police officer, confirmed Tuesday that he would have liked to have asked Mr. Hall whether he had “supplied or sold prohibited items” to George Floyd shortly before his death.
However, Morris Hall’s attorney felt this would put her client on trial if the overdose thesis was ultimately upheld, and she invoked the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution that allows you not to testify against yourself.
The judge ruled in his favor and ruled that if Mr. Hall was summoned to appear before the jury, he could only be questioned about George Floyd’s position prior to his death, and nothing else. Before giving the go-ahead to this point, he asked Eric Nelson to clarify his questions in writing.
‘Away from the neck’
After this procedural debate, the trial resumed with the hearing of a number of police officers responsible for officer training in Minneapolis. “They have been taught to stay away from the neck as much as possible,” said Johnny Mercel, coordinator of the force exercises.
Prosecutors also summoned Los Angeles police officer Judy Steiger, who has conducted more than 2,500 assessments of the use of force by his colleagues. “In my opinion, the force used was excessive” in the Floyd case, he asserted.
The day before, the city’s chief of police, Medaria Aradundu, had already considered Derek Chauvin “violating the rules” and “values” of his services, by keeping his knee long on the neck of the African American.
The prosecution plans to summon another expert in police practice before it begins, most likely Wednesday, the medical debate about the causes of George Floyd’s death.
The discussions are expected to continue for an additional two weeks. The jury’s verdict in this extraordinary trial is not expected until the end of April.