Derek Chauvin said Thursday he will exercise his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself as the defense rested in the former Minneapolis police officer’s murder trial for the death of George Floyd.
Speaking for the first time in the trial, Mr. Chauvin was interviewed by his attorney, Eric Nelson, outside the presence of the jury, saying that it was an understatement that the two had discussed extensively whether he should testify.
“I will invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege today,” he said.
Mr. Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to second- and third-degree murder. Prosecutors presented evidence to make their case that he caused Mr. Floyd’s death by kneeling on his neck and back for more than nine minutes and that the force he used was unreasonable.
The defense presented experts who argued Mr. Chauvin had behaved reasonably and within professional standards and that Mr. Floyd had died of a heart condition and drug use.
Source: WSJ – US News