The defense in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial tells the jury that George Floyd died of a drug overdose.
The defense in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin started his opening statement by telling the jury that George Floyd died from drugs, not Chauvin’s acts.
Attorney Eric Nelson told the jury that there is video evidence totaling more than 9 minutes. He then zeroed in on Floyd, who had gone to the market shortly before the police encounter.
Floyd was noticed by business workers, who thought he was under the influence of something, he claims. Nelson then brought up Floyd’s supposed attempt to pass a counterfeit $20 note.
According to Nelson, when police received the call from someone inside the store, Floyd seemed “drunk.”
He told the jury that Floyd had fallen asleep inside a car after leaving the store, implying that he was under the influence once more.
According to TMZ, when Floyd was approached by police, he “put drugs in his mouth” to cover them. According to him, an autopsy revealed a “speedball” in his system, which included meth and fentanyl.
Floyd had tremendous courage, according to Nelson, as he fought off three officers. According to him, the video shows the car rocking back and forth, showing a fierce struggle.
He pointed out that Chauvin was 5’9″ and 140 pounds, while Floyd was 6’3″ and 240 pounds, meaning that Chauvin’s use of force was justified.
Floyd had heart problems, according to him, which were fatally compounded by drug use.
He also said that the growing crowd of terrified onlookers aggravated the situation by calling Chauvin and the other cops names.
Nelson pleaded with the jurors not to think of this as a social justice case, instead of calling it a one-man trial.