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MINNEAPOLIS – A A medical expert in respiratory physiology testified in the trial for the murder of Derek Chauvin that the way George Floyd was restrained – handcuffed on his back, face to the ground, with his knee on his neck – prevented him from breathing properly.

Dr. Martin Tobin, who was called in as an expert witness by the prosecution, he said the cause of Floyd’s death was hypoxiaor low oxygen levels that led to suffocation or suffocation. The overall effect of the restriction was almost “as if a surgeon had come in and removed the lungs,” he said, referring to Floyd’s left lung.

“A healthy person subjected to what he was subjected to Mr. Floyd would die as a result of what he was exposed to,” Tobin said.

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree murder in Floyd’s death. The defense claims Floyd died as a result of drugs in his system and underlying health problems, but prosecutors say Floyd killed Chauvin with a knee to the neck for more than nine minutes.

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Latest updates:

  • The trial was expected to resume Friday at 9:15 a.m. CST.
  • Dr. Bill Smock, a forensic police surgeon who reviewed “thousands of pages of documents” in Floyd’s case, told jurors he concluded Floyd had died of positional asphyxia, “which is a fancy way of saying there is no oxygen in the body.”
  • Daniel Isenschmid, forensic toxicologist who analyzed George Floyd’s blood and urine,, told jurors that the amount of targets in Floyd’s system was in line with the prescribed dose – a “very low” amount.
  • The jury has so far heard 33 witnesses – all called by the prosecution.
  • A lawyer the interrogation returned to the subject of Floyd’s drugs On Wednesday. Two forensic experts said the pills were found in the SUV and police car Floyd that day contained methamphetamine, a stimulant, and fentanyl, a synthetic opioid. The toxicology report found both drugs in Floyd’s system after his death.


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