Derek Chauvin's defense team call witnesses in George Floyd murder trial (LIVE) | USA TODAY 1

Derek Chauvin’s defense team call witnesses in George Floyd murder trial (LIVE) | USA TODAY


WARNING: Viewers may find portions of this trial disturbing
Defense in Derek Chauvin murder trial to call more witnesses Wednesday

Where the trial stands: Over the course of 11 days, prosecutors called 38 witnesses to the stand and played dozens of bystander, surveillance and police body-cam videos in a bid to prove Floyd died due to Chauvin's knee on his neck for more than nine minutes.

The defense, meanwhile, argues Floyd's hypertensive heart disease and ingestion of meth and fentanyl, together with the struggle with police, led him to suffer from heart strain and ultimately die. But prosecutors countered the defense claims by openly discussing Floyd's health issues, as well as the drugs present in his system and in the SUV he was in prior to his struggle with police.

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's death in police custody on May 25, 2020.

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