Roommates, in the eighth day of the Derek Chauvin trial, a host of experts from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension testified regarding George Floyd’s alleged drug activity. However, there was one specific testimony that likely succeeded in changing the narrative from the defense that George Floyd died from a drug overdose.
When played audio in court of George Floyd speaking, BCA Senior Special Agent James Reyerson was asked by Derek Chauvin’s defense attorney Eric Nelson if he heard Floyd say “I ate too many drugs” during his arrest, he responded he did not. Instead, Reyerson stated that he clearly heard George Floyd say “I ain’t do no drugs.”
Reyerson’s statement was after he was replayed the audio from the body camera footage. Previously, when Nelson asked him if it sounded like Floyd said, “I ate too many drugs,” Reyerson said yes.
However, when the state played the lead-up audio to the clip Reyerson already watched ,where the police officers were mentioning drugs, prosecutor Matthew Frank asked Reyerson again what he heard George Floyd say and he responded “I believe Mr. Floyd was saying, ‘I ain’t do no drugs.’”
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As we previously reported, Derek Chauvin’ defense team is utilizing the approach that George Floyd’s death was caused by a drug overdose due to his alleged history of drug use—not as a result of Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck for close to 9 minutes, despite the widely circulated video of Chauvin doing just that.
The Derek Chauvin murder trial continues tomorrow. Stay tuned for updates.
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