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Derek Chauvin, Accused of Murdering George Floyd, Declines to Testify in His Own Defense

HeadlineApr 16, 2021

Closing arguments in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin are set for Monday as the defense rested its case Thursday after calling just seven witnesses. Chauvin chose not to testify in his own trial, invoking his right against self-incrimination.

Eric Nelson: “Have you made a decision today whether you intend to testify or whether you intend to invoke your Fifth Amendment privilege?”

Derek Chauvin: “I will invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege today.”

Chauvin faces murder and manslaughter charges for killing George Floyd last May, by kneeling on his neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds. Jurors will remain sequestered in a hotel as they begin deliberations on Monday.

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