Derek Chauvin refuses to testify as defense rests its case

The ex-cop accused of murdering George Floyd invoked his 5th amendment rights as his team wrapped up its defense.
1:08 | 04/16/21

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Transcript for Derek Chauvin refuses to testify as defense rests its case
Okay, Stephanie, thanks. The latest on the Derek chauvin trial. The defense has rested their case and we hear from chauvin for the first time after nearly three weeks of testimony. Alex Perez is at the courthouse good morning, Alex. Reporter: Hey, good morning, George. Yeah, after nearly three weeks of testimony and hearing from some 45 witnesses, the fate of Derek chauvin will soon be in the hands of a jury. Now, chauvin's defense resting their case after calling seven witnesses total. Prosecutors bringing back Dr. Martin Tobin for rebuttal testimony to refute defense claims that Floyd inhaled carbon monoxide from the police vehicle's tailpipe when chauvin pinned had him to the ground. Dr. Tobin testifying his carbon monoxide levels were normal. Also for the first time Derek chauvin spoke in court telling his attorney and the judge he won't take the stand on grounds it may incriminate him. Have you made a decision today whether you intend to testify or whether you intend to invoke your fifth amendment privilege? I will invoke my fifth amendment privilege today. Reporter: Now the jury could be deliberating by Monday they will be sequestered once that process begins, Cecilia.

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