Derek Chauvin’s defence team was evidently relying heavily on the testimony of retired medical examiner Dr David Fowler to persuade the jurors of the former police officer’s innocence. He was the only witness called to give evidence on day 13 of the trial. The forensic pathologist, serving as an expert witness, outlined to the jury his reading of all of the evidence in the case and his conclusion that officer Chauvin’s knee was not responsible for George Floyd’s death. He told the court that Mr Floyd’s heart disease and drug use were the primary cause. He added that the stress of his arrest and the release of adrenaline from a tumour in his abdomen contributed, as did possible carbon monoxide from the police car exhaust as he was restrained nearby. It was a very different conclusion from that of the medical examiner who performed the post-mortem examination on Mr Floyd. Dr Andrew Baker told the court on Friday that the restraint of Mr Floyd was his cause of death. Advertisement On cross-examination by the prosecution though, Dr Fowler had to concede that the evidence did not support some of his conclusions. He accepted there was no carbon monoxide found in… Read full this story
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