Highlights of the Derek Chauvin Trial


Here are the Day 1 – Day 8 highlights of the trial of Derek Chauvin, charged with murdering George Floyd:

Day 1 (March 29)

– The defense and the prosecution delivered opening statements.

– Minneapolis 9-1-1 dispatcher Jena Lee Scurry took the stand. The jury saw new video evidence from a city surveillance camera.

– Eyewitness Alisha Oyler said she made seven cell phone recordings of the incident.

Day 2 (March 30)

– Williams completed his testimony.

– Traumatized teenagers and first responder Genevieve Hansen described to the jury how they watched Floyd losing his life under the pressure of Chauvin’s knee.

Day 3 (March 31)

– Cup Foods employee Christopher Martin told the jury about the incident leading up to Floyd’s arrest. The jury saw a store surveillance video.

– The jury watched never-before-seen footage from Derek Chauvin’s bodycam.

Day 4 (April 1)

– George Floyd’s girlfriend Courteney Ross gave emotional testimony. She recalled the couple’s struggle with drug addiction.

– Paramedics Seth Bravinder and Derek Smith, who responded to the scene, testified that Floyd was pulseless and unresponsive.

– Sgt. David Pleoger, Chauvin’s then-supervisor, testified he reviewed bodycam footage and sent the case review to more senior managers.

Day 5 (April 2)

Two supervising officers said the level of force used against Floyd was unnecessary and should’ve stopped once Floyd was handcuffed.

Day 6 (April 5)

– Dr. Bradford Wankede Langenfeld, who treated George Floyd at Hennepin County Medical Center, said he believes Floyd’s heart stopped because of hypoxia or asphyxia.

– During cross-examination, Dr. Langenfeld agreed with defense attorney Eric Nelson’s suggestion that fentanyl intoxication could’ve also caused the hypoxia.

– Minneapolis Police Chief Mederia Arradando said Derek Chauvin violated the department’s policies.

Day 7 (April 6)

– Morries Hall, Floyd’s friend and a passenger in the vehicle on the day of the incident, appeared via Zoom to quash a defense subpoena.

– The prosecution began the direct examination of Los Angeles Police Sgt. Jody Stiger, a use-of-force expert.

Day 8 (April 7)

– Sgt. Stinger said Chauvin’s level of force was excessive.

– Prosecutors detailed how Chauvin’s knee was on Floyd’s neck, not his back area.

– NMS Labs forensic chemist Susan Neith testified she found fentanyl and methamphetamine in the pills collected from the scene and tested.