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Testimony Ends Without Derek Chauvin Taking The Stand In His Trial

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin tells the judge on Thursday he will not testify on his own behalf in his trial over the death of George Floyd. His attorney, Eric Nelson, is seen at left.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin tells the judge on Thursday he will not testify on his own behalf in his trial over the death of George Floyd. His attorney, Eric Nelson, is seen at left.
Chauvin trial: Defense continues presenting case

The attorney of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is expected to continue presenting his defense in the trial over the murder of George Floyd.

Chauvin is facing charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter, after he held his knee on Floyd's neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds on Memorial Day last year.

On Wednesday, the defense called a medical expert who contradicted the testimony of many experts called by the prosecution.

Dr. David Fowler disputed the conclusion made by Dr. Andrew Baker, the Hennepin County medical examiner, that "homicide" was the manner of Floyd's death.

He said it should be considered "undetermined," saying too many factors were at play to decide which is most influential. Witnesses called by the prosecution have stated that Chauvin's restraint on Floyd caused his oxygen levels to plummet, leading to his death.

The defense is believed to be nearing the conclusion of its case, and closing arguments will likely begin on Monday.
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