Attorneys are set to present their closing statements in the Derek Chauvin trial Monday, after testimony concluded on Thursday.
Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, is accused of killing George Floyd during an arrest in May 2020. As widely circulated police body cam footage shows, Chauvin knelt on the unarmed man’s neck for several minutes while Floyd gasped and begged for air.
Both the prosecution and the defense are expected to deliver closing statements Monday to the jurors, who will be sequestered during deliberations. The last two weeks of testimony saw a number of medical experts and current and former law enforcement officials take the stand, weighing in on questions about the use of force and whether drugs could have contributed to Floyd’s death, which was ruled a homicide.
Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He invoked his Fifth Amendment right and did not take the stand during witness testimony.