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Derek Chauvin’s Defense Argues George Floyd Died From Overdose

Derek Chauvin’s Defense Argues George Floyd Died From Overdose

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Derek Chauvin’s defense is arguing that George Floyd didn’t die from the ex-Minneapolis officer kneeling on his neck.

Eric Nelson, the defense attorney and the prosecuting attorney Jerry Blackwell had time to share their opening remarks during trial Monday, where Chauvin was charged not only with second-degree murder but third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter as well.

The defense alleged that Floyd, who was unarmed died of cardiac arrhythmia, coronary disease and hypertension. In is argument, he claimed that toxicology tests were revealed that showed both methamphetamine and fentanyl in Floyd’s system.

“Derek Chauvin did exactly what he had been trained to do over his 19-year career,” Nelson said. “The use of force is not attractive, but it is a necessary part of policing.”

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