Former police officer Derek Chauvin said Thursday he was refusing to testify at his trial for the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year.
Today I invoke my right to the 5th Amendment, he said, referring to the right of any accused in the United States not to give evidence that could incriminate him.
Derek Chauvin, 45, is accused of killing George Floyd on May 25, 2020 by keeping a knee on the African-American 40-year-old's neck for more than nine minutes, a drama that sparked historic anti-racism in the United States.
He pleads not guilty and his lawyer assures that George Floyd, suspected of having passed a fake $ 20 bill, died of an overdose combined with heart problems while the police tried to subdue him.
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End of debates
The prosecution and the defense have completed the hearing of their witnesses in the trial of Derek Chauvin which will resume Monday with the requisitions and the pleading, announced the judge Peter Cahill.
The verdict of the jurors in this extraordinary trial is not expected before the end of the month.