Defense to call at least one more witness after medical experts say George Floyd’s cause of death is “undecided”

Minneapolis — The jury will hear from at least one other defense witness at the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Thursday.

The defense may take a break from the proceedings on Thursday. Judge Peter Carhill initially proposed that the defense end the witness call on Wednesday and told the prosecution to prepare a counter-argument overnight. But by the end of the day, Kay Hill said at least another witness was expected to testify.

The jury heard a five-hour testimony from a defense medical expert on Wednesday saying that George Floyd’s death was “undecided.” This is in contrast to various prosecution witnesses who named death murder.

Dr. David Fowler, a former Maryland Inspector, believes that Floyd had a “sudden heart arrhythmia” while being detained and suppressed by police because of his underlying heart problems. He said he was.

This testimony contradicts the testimony of several prosecution witnesses who stated that Floyd had died of hypoxia due to law enforcement detention.

Judgment position: Defenders claim that Floyd’s hypertensive heart disease and intake of methamphetamine and fentanyl, along with the fight against police, caused him to suffer from heart tension and eventually die. On Tuesday, lawyers called on a former police officer and a retired Hennepin County paramedic who testified about Floyd’s drug-related arrest in Minneapolis in 2019.

Meanwhile, prosecutors claim that Floyd died because Chauvin’s neck knee lasted for more than nine minutes. Over 11 days, prosecutors called 38 witnesses to the stands and played dozens of bystander, surveillance, and police body camera videos.

Chauvin was charged with two murders, three murders, and two manslaughter charges in Floyd’s death in police detention on May 25, 2020.

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  • The court will reopen at 9:15 CST

  • Judge Peter Carhill ruled Wednesday that Molly’s Hall, who was riding an SUV with George Floyd before the fight with the police, did not testify at Chauvin’s trial.

  • Earlier, Cahill dismissed Chauvin’s acquittal allegations filed in oral arguments by chief counsel Eric Nelson. Such acquittals by lawyers are usually made at the end of state proceedings, are primarily formal legal action in criminal proceedings, and are rarely granted by court.

  • Also on Wednesday, former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter shot dead a 20-year-old black man, Daunte Wright, during a traffic outage. He was charged with manslaughter twice. The shooting fueled racial tensions at the Brooklyn Center, just a few miles from where Floyd died last May.

  • The defense called the first six witnesses to the stand on Tuesday The prosecution took a break from the proceedings.. The last witness of the day, defense use expert Barry Brod, told the jury that Chauvin was “justified” in the use of power. The first witnesses who suggested Floyd’s detention were accepted.

Defense Forensic Pathologist: Floyd had a “sudden cardiac arrhythmia”

Dr. David Richard Fowler, a retired forensic pathologist and former Maryland medical examiner for 17 years, said Wednesday that George Floyd’s death was due to his existing health problems, not choking or hypoxia. Said.

Fowler said plaques and hypertensive heart disease that accumulated in Floyd’s arteries were the direct cause of death, and while Floyd was being detained and suppressed by police, he was “suddenly” due to these heart problems. He said he had “cardiac arrhythmia.”

Fowler leads to key factors leading to intake of floyd fentanyl and methamphetamine, what other experts call “accidental” abnormal cell proliferation in his pelvic region, and carbon monoxide poisoning. It included potential exposure to vehicle emissions, he said. Its final contribution condition has never been raised by any expert.

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Physical exercise increases the body’s need for oxygen, and methamphetamine increases heart rate, narrows arteries and slows blood flow, Fowler said. Methamphetamine also increases the risk of arrhythmias, he said.

Fowler was sentenced to officially die in the hospital during an interrogation by state lawyer Jerry Blackwell, but admitted that he had died “long ago.” He agreed that Floyd should see a doctor immediately when he falls into cardiac arrest.

Fowler said he was “critical” about officers who did not provide medical assistance.

“Immediate treatment of people with cardiac arrest can reverse the process,” Fowler said.

Fowler is currently facing a federal proceeding. According to The Baltimore Sun, Maryland’s chief inspector general, Fowler, ruled the death of a 19-year-old black man, Anton Black, who experienced a mental health crisis killed by police in 2018. No one was charged, and Black’s family filed a proceeding in December.

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