A lawyer for a man who may have provided the drugs that George Floyd took on the day he was arrested and died invoked his fifth-amendment right not to incriminate himself because he could face a potential charge of third-degree murder.
“Your honor at this point in time, Mr. Hall has no immunity,” said Adrienne Cousins, the public defender for Morries Hall, who spoke at a Tuesday morning hearing without the jury present.
Mr. Hall was in the car with Mr. Floyd on the day that he was arrested by Derek Chauvin and three other officers for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes. Mr. Floyd’s girlfriend, Courteney Ross, testified that she believed Mr. Hall provided drugs to Mr. Floyd but she had never witnessed the transaction.
Mr. Chauvin faces charges of second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter for kneeling on Mr. Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. He has pleaded not guilty. The Hennepin County medical examiner ruled the death a homicide. His defense lawyer, Eric Nelson, says Mr. Floyd died of a combination of a drug overdose and a heart condition.
Mr. Nelson has said if he had the opportunity to question Mr. Hall, he would want to know if he had been the one to give drugs to Mr. Floyd. That testimony could prove key to the defense in its efforts to argue drugs killed Mr. Floyd, and not Mr. Chauvin.
Source: WSJ – US News