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Derek Chauvin trial live: Prosecution rests its case after 11 days; defense calls first witnesses

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MINNEAPOLIS — The prosecution rested it case Tuesday and the defense began calling its witnesses to the stand in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, charged in George Floyd’s death.

A former police officer and a retired Hennepin County paramedic were the first two witnesses for the defense Tuesday morning, who spoke about Floyd’s drug-related arrest in 2019 in Minneapolis.

As court wrapped up Monday, Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill told jurors “we’re getting close to the end” of the trial. He said he expects the defense to finish its evidence by the end of the week, with closing arguments expected Monday.

That’s when the jury would be sequestered. “So, pack a bag,” he told them.



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