On Thursday, Derek Chauvin invoked his Fifth Amendment right in his murder trial for the death of George Floyd, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Speaking for the first time in the trial, Chauvin stated, “I will invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege today." Eric Nelson, Chauvin's defense attorney, revealed that the two had heavily discussed whether Chauvin should testify.
Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to second and third-degree murder. The prosecution has presented evidence stating that Chauvin's unlawful use of force caused George Floyd to die. In an infamous video that circulated across media in the summer of 2020, Chauvin kept his knee on Mr. Floyd's neck for more than 9 minutes while Floyd constantly repeated "I can't breathe."
The defense has presented experts who claim Chauvin's actions were warranted and that George Floyd died of a heart condition and drug use.
In response to the defense, the prosecution has requested the introduction of new evidence, which Judge Peter Cahill swiftly denied. Judge Cahill stated that the evidence would be brought up too late in the process.