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George Floyd's girlfriend tells of couple's 'sweet' meeting, drug use

George Floyd's girlfriend tells of couple's 'sweet' meeting, drug use”

In her testimony, Ross described how both she and Floyd struggled with their addiction to painkillers throughout their relationship.

"We both suffered from chronic pain", Ross said. He told the court Mr Chauvin had used a risky technique called a "blood choke" and was moving his knee back and forth to increase the pressure on Mr Floyd's back and neck. "They said, if he keep talking, well, he can breathe", McMillian said.

It was also apparently to explain his drug use to the jurors and perhaps get them to empathise with what he went through.

Ross was the first witness called by prosecutors on the fourth day of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who has been charged with murder in Floyd's death.

Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the police force, faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge-second-degree murder.

The officers' video was part of a mountain of footage and witness testimony on Wednesday showing how Mr Floyd's alleged attempt to pass a counterfeit 20 dollar note at a neighbourhood market last May escalated into tragedy.

The lawyers, Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci, said in a statement that Mr. Chauvin's lawyer was focusing on Mr. Floyd's drug use "because that is the go-to tactic when the facts are not on your side", and that Mr. Floyd had been fine before the police were called.

Mr Floyd was 6ft 4in and 223lbs, according to the post-mortem examination, which also found fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system.

When questioned by defence lawyer Eric Nelson, she said Mr Floyd was hospitalised for five days from March 6, 2020 due to an overdose of a new drug.

George Floyd's girlfriend tearfully told a jury Thursday the story of how they met - at a Salvation Army shelter where he was security guard with "this great, deep Southern voice, raspy" - and how they both struggled mightily with an addiction to opioids.

She said they both had prescriptions, and when those ran out, they took the prescriptions of others and also used illegal drugs.

They tried to stop using the drugs many times and had sought out various treatments, she said, but they relapsed together as recently as March 2020.

"If I would have just not taken the bill, this could have been avoided", said Christopher Martin, a cashier at Cup Foods. It's something I'll deal with forever.

Witness to invoke the Fifth Amendment: The man who was sitting in a auto with George Floyd when police approached and removed them from the vehicle says he will not testify in the trial.

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Martin said that when Floyd was inside the store buying cigarettes, he spoke so slowly "it would appear that he was high".

She was waiting in the lobby to see the father of her son, exhausted after closing up the coffee shop where she worked.

Ross began her testimony by telling how the two of them met.

"I thought George didn't really know that it was a fake bill", Mr Martin said. She said: "It's one of my favourite stories to tell". He pointed out that she supposedly told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that she believed Floyd had overdosed on heroin last March and that the couple used pills in May that made her feel as if she was going to die. "We've been through so much, my sons and I, and this kind person just to come up to me and say, 'Can I pray with you?' when I felt alone in this lobby, it was so sweet". He was like, 'Sis, you OK, sis?'

"I was exhausted. We've been through so much, my sons and I, and (for) this kind person just to come up and say, 'Can I pray with you?'.it was so sweet".

She added: "At the time, I had lost a lot of faith in God".

Maurice Hall has invoked his 5th Amendment right not to testify in the trial of Derek Chauvin.

Minnesota is a rarity in explicitly permitting such "spark of life" testimony about a crime victim ahead of a verdict.

Defense attorneys often complain that such testimony allows prosecutors to play on jurors' emotions.

Mr Floyd can be heard begging, "Please don't shoot me".

The witness, Morries Lester Hall, was seated in the passenger seat of Floyd's vehicle when Minneapolis police officers approached him about using a counterfeit $20 bill to pay for cigarettes at Cup Foods.

Mr Martin said he left the store again when he heard "yelling and screaming" outside.

"We had to control this guy because he's a sizable guy".



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