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Here is what we all know concerning the jury in Derek Chauvin’s trial

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LAPD Sgt. Jody Stiger testifies on Wednesday, April 7. Courtroom TV/Pool/AP

It is day 9 of testimony within the trial of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin, who has been charged within the dying of George Floyd.

A collection of witnesses took the stand in court docket yesterday through the prosecution’s portion of the trial.

If you happen to’re simply studying in, here is what occurred in court docket yesterday:

James Reyerson, senior particular agent with the Minnesota Bureau of Felony Apprehension, testified that he may hear Floyd saying he “ate too many medicine” in a video of the Could 25, 2020 incident, however later acknowledged in redirect that Floyd may have mentioned one thing completely different.

Reyerson was proven video of the incident and requested by protection legal professional Eric Nelson, “Did it seem that Mr. Floyd mentioned, ‘I ate too many medicine?'” “Sure, it did,” Reyerson mentioned.

After a brief break, Reyerson was recalled to the stand by the prosecution and so they performed him an extended video that included the identical audio. Prosecuting legal professional Matthew Frank requested if he was in a position to inform what Floyd was saying.

“Sure, I consider Mr. Floyd is saying, ‘I ain’t doing no medicine,'” Reyerson mentioned, contradicting his earlier reply.

Frank adopted up, “That is somewhat completely different than what you might be requested about once you’re solely noticed a portion of the video, right?” “Sure, sir,” Reyerson mentioned.

LAPD Sgt. Jody Stiger, a use-of-force professional, testified that Chauvin had an obligation to take into accounts whether or not Floyd was in misery when contemplating to proceed the sort of pressure he was making use of. “Because the time went on, clearly in the video you possibly can see that Mr. Floyd’s medical — his well being was deteriorating,” Stiger mentioned.

Stiger additionally testified that officers are skilled that they’ll put their knee in between the shoulder blades on the base of the neck of a suspect to carry them on the bottom.

Requested by Nelson if this was customary police observe to his information, Stiger, a use-of-force professional, mentioned sure.

A pair of forensic scientists testified about what was present in a Mercedes on the scene and within the squad automobile Floyd was moved to.

McKenzie Anderson, a forensic scientist on the Minnesota Bureau of Felony Apprehension, testified that the blood discovered at the back of a squad automobile in Could 2020 belonged to Floyd. Anderson spoke particularly about eight particular places within the car the place blood was discovered.

“From all eight of these places, I obtained a single supply male DNA profile that matches of George Floyd, and once more this DNA profile would not be anticipated to happen extra than as soon as amongst unrelated people within the rural inhabitants,” Anderson mentioned.

Giles, a forensic scientist additionally with the Minnesota Bureau of Felony Apprehension, testified about checks she carried out on two drugs discovered within the Mercedes in Could 2020.

“The tablets contained methamphetamine and fentanyl,” Giles mentioned.

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