For the primary time in practically three weeks of testimony, the previous officer Derek Chauvin spoke within the courtroom. Nearing the tip of the protection’s case, Mr. Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric J. Nelson, requested Mr. Chauvin whether or not he would really like to testify in his personal protection.
Mr. Nelson stated he and Mr. Chauvin have had repeated conversations on the matter, together with a “lengthy meeting” Wednesday night time. Mr. Chauvin, who eliminated his masks to reply Mr. Nelson’s questions, selected to waive his proper to testify.
“I will invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege today,” he stated.
Judge Peter A. Cahill additionally described to Mr. Chauvin the directions that he would give the jury earlier than they start deliberations. The choose will instruct jurors that Mr. Chauvin has a proper not to testify and so they can’t maintain Mr. Chauvin’s determination not to testify in opposition to him.
Mr. Chauvin, 45, faces second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges within the dying of George Floyd.