A KEY prosecution witness in the trial of the police officer accused of murdering George Floyd is refusing to testify.
Morries Lester Hall was a passenger in Mr Floyd’s car when the 46-year-old was allegedly killed by Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis and promised to be his “voice”.
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Hall has now said he won’t be giving evidence[/caption]
But Hall has now filed a motion with Hennepin County District Court in which he gave notice that he would plead the Fifth if called upon to testify by either side.
“Mr Morries Lester Hall…hereby provides notice to all parties in this matter that if called to testify he will invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination,” said the motion
In an interview with the New York Times, Hall revealed him and Mr Floyd had been in touch every day since 2016 and he considered the older man a “confidant and mentor”.
“I’m a key witness to the cops murdering George Floyd, and they want to know my side.
“Whatever I’ve been through, it’s all over with now. It’s not about me. I walk with Floyd. I know that I’m going to be his voice.”
He said he her heard Mr Floyd pleading “officer, what’s all this for?” and claimed he was not resisting arrest before he died in police custody.
Hall and George Floyd pictured together shortly before the incident[/caption]
Derek Chauvin is accused of the murder of Mr Floyd[/caption]
“He was, from the beginning, trying in his humblest form to show he was not resisting in no form or way.
“I could hear him pleading, ‘Please, officer, what’s all this for?’”
According to a Minnesota official, Hall – a key witness in the state’s investigation into the four officers that arrested Floyd – gave an alias at the scene of Floyd’s controversial arrest.
Hall didn’t give his real name as he had outstanding warrants on felony possession of a firearm, felony domestic assault and felony drug possession, the New York Times reported.
On the third day of his trial Chauvin’s bodycam footage was made public showing him pull George Floyd by the neck before his camera falls due to the struggle that ensues.
Jurors were shown never-before-seen bodycam footage of Floyd pleading with officers during his arrest, telling them “I’m not a bad guy” before gasping for breath while Chauvin had his knee over his neck for over nine minutes.
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The footage shows Chauvin and Officer Thomas Lane struggling with Floyd to get him inside the police car, and Chauvin’s camera falling to the ground during the fracas.
Floyd is seen on tape pleading for his life as Chauvin defends his actions, saying “that’s one person’s opinion” after Charles McMillian, a bystander, is heard off-camera taking issue with Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck.