Derek Chauvin Takes the Fifth, Will Not Testify in Murder Trial

James Marshall
April 16, 2021

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin announced in court that he will use his Fifth Amendment rights and not testify in the trial for which he stands accused of murdering George Floyd.

Dr. David Fowler: "There is exposure to a vehicle exhaust, so potentially carbon monoxide poisoning". 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. On Wednesday, a forensic pathologist called by Chauvin's lawyers testified that George Floyd died of heart trouble - rather than a lack of oxygen.

Dr. Tobin said: "If hemoglobin is saturated at 98 percent, it tells you all there was for everything else is two percent, so the maximum amount of carbon monoxide would be two percent".

Dr. Tobin, who is a pulmonary and critical care medicine physician and professor based at Loyola University Medical Center in IL, was educated at University College Dublin and did his residency through Trinity College Hospitals in Ireland.

Closing arguments are set to begin Monday, after which a racially diverse jury will begin deliberating at a barbed-wire-ringed courthouse in a city on edge - not just because of the Chauvin case but because of the deadly police shooting of a 20-year-old Black man in a Minneapolis suburb last weekend. Afterward, the jury will begin its deliberations.

Video of Floyd's death shows Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for over nine minutes - including for several minutes after Floyd stopped responding. Floyd's death spurred worldwide protests against police brutality.

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