Chauvin defense points to George Floyd’s drug and heart issues | USA TODAY

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Chauvin defense points to George Floyd’s drug and heart issues | USA TODAY

Derek Chauvin’s defense team argues that George Floyd’s opioid addiction and heart condition was the cause of death.
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After 11 days, 38 witnesses and dozens of video clips showing the minutes before and after George Floyd died under the knee of Derek Chauvin, the prosecution in the murder trial of the former police officer rested its case Tuesday.

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020.

The prosecution, led by the Minnesota Attorney General’s office, called to the stand eyewitnesses, Minneapolis police officers and paramedics, law enforcement experts and a range of medical experts in a bid to prove Floyd died because Chauvin pressed his knee into Chauvin’s neck for more than nine minutes.

A bystander video was expected to be a key piece of evidence, but it was just one of several presented by prosecutors in an effort to make jurors feel as if they were there when Floyd died on the street.

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