Updated: April 16, 2021 09:33 AM
Created: March 29, 2021 09:23 AM
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The defense at the murder trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd has rested its case without putting Chauvin on the stand, wrapping up after two days of testimony to the prosecution’s two weeks.
Chauvin informed the court Thursday that he will not testify, saying he would invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to take the stand.
Chauvin, 45, faces one count each of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in connection with the in-custody death of Floyd, 46, on May 25, 2020.
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Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson is trying to prove that the 19-year Minneapolis police veteran did what he was trained to do and that Floyd died because of his illegal drug use and underlying health problems.
Prosecutors say Floyd died because Chauvin's knee was pressed against Floyd's neck or neck area for 9 1/2 minutes as he lay on the pavement on his stomach, his hands cuffed behind him and his face jammed against the ground.
Three other former officers involved in Floyd’s arrest are scheduled to stand trial in August. They are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter.
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