Day 10 of the trial for Police Officer Derek Chauvin, charged with the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 wrapped up on Friday. Several key points presented by the prosecution backfired, and will likely help the defense present a solid case of “reasonable doubt” to the jury.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner testified that drugs and pre-existing heart conditions contributed to the death of George Floyd. During cross-examination, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker said he took into account George Floyd’s prior drug use and the effects. During the prosecution’s redirect, Dr. Baker said he stood by his analysis of the direct causes that ended Floyd’s life.
“What today remains your opinion as to the cause of death for Mr. Floyd?” questioned prosecutor Jerry Blackwell. “So my opinion remains unchanged,” Dr. Baker stated. “It’s what I put on the death certificate last June. That’s cardiopulmonary arrest, complicating law enforcement, subdural restraint and neck compression. That was my top line then. It would stay my top line now.” “And so if we look at the other contributing conditions, those other contributing conditions are not conditions that you consider direct causes. Is that true?” Blackwell asked. “They are not direct causes of Mr. Floyd’s death,” Dr. Baker replied. “That’s true. They’re contributing causes Dr. Baker explained Floyd’s heart “weighed more than it should” and was already limited in its ability to take in oxygen. He added, when Floyd was being arrested, the physical trauma was more than Floyd’s body could take.