Breaking down defense witness testimony in Chauvin trial

Former Philadelphia District Attorney Kelley Hodge discusses the impact of the defense team’s latest witness in the final days of the Derek Chauvin trial.
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For more trial analysis we bring in former Philadelphia DA Kelly Hodge thank you so much for joining us ms. Hodge. What did offense presenting its case we've now gotten into a so called battle of the experts today doctor Fowler testified that Floyd's heart problems and drug use were significant contributors to his death did this testimony helped Eric showman. And more broadly how should the jurors to figure out which experts to believe. Thank you for having me I join you and I appreciate the question I'm I think that. You know it's hard to actually gauge how. In packed full up and doctor Fowler's testimony will be bomb what was interesting that. And he said that. Shrugs and to pour his heart condition om and and is used. Drugs are contributing to its heart condition were also causes currently it causes of his death. He could not excused or any excuse the fact that Donald VV neck or beyond officer be appointment next Eric show them. Leaning and being his knack for over nine minutes it's funny and I insect seconds what impact bullet actually causation to it down so. There's no way I'll come to exclude the fact that but for. Well it's your show him being in the neck. I'll George Floyd that impact 18 causal nexus to beat the death of George flowing and I think with each answer. I'm that was given by the expert on all of the experts that that's something that was on. The man threw out that all of them stayed at that just two different degrees. Doctor Fowler did say that Floyd should've been given medical care let's take a lesson. Are you critical fact that he wasn't given. Immediate emergency care when he went into cardiac arrest. Yeah as a position I would agree. George Floyd was in police custody didn't Eric showman also have a duty to get him the help but he made it. He didn't. A duty to get the help they need it. And this was obviously pumped admitted to behind the defense expert and was also stated on direct examination. Through the various. Witnesses that works well but by the state in order to go ahead and present their case in chief. And speaking to that are coming close to the end of the trial and during deliberations how do you tell that a prosecution can really weave together all of the evidence that they presented over many days into a powerful closing argument. They're so that's really I'm a very good question because I think. Now that we are anticipating that the closing arguments are going to be coming forth next week you'll be born how day thirteen at the trial in. And we know it what we expect the prosecution to do is to do what they've done throughout beat them bearing with colorful. In very deliberate on in dissecting. On the look we'll cross examination those points that they want to extract out. From the defense witnesses to poke holes in bear. They're there peace are there at their testimony. And also we've been beach strength of the witnesses than in the consistency. Of the testimony. That really. Goes to promote their theory that there is no question about cause of death and that there is no question about that that you supports both unreasonable. On the flip side a we're talking about the defense what do you think that their best chance of establishing reasonable doubt is in the jury's mind. I'm I think the defense. Has the difficult task I think what they're going to look to do is equally teak. The church that the judge will give the court we'll get to the tourist in terms of actually. I'll do what the elements are for each of the offenses and see if it they'll wait to dissect. Bill language in the charge and mortar tube show that there was no clear evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that the cause of death. Once by the actions of Derek chairman and and that the use of force in they are paying and based on their witness what not unreasonable. On the net objectively it was a reasonable. Based upon the testimony that they mom brought forth through their through witnessed yesterday I think. It's going to be at temple cult column argument to make because of the volume move witnesses aren't we equal expertise. I'm who have already come forth including the chief of police for the Minneapolis police department amongst others. I stayed at that the use of force was excessive and unreasonable. And so I think that the defense is just going to try to see what they can do to really don't accept that language and hopefully convince want the person. And that. Derek Shelton is not responsible for any of the charges beyond a reasonable done he's not guilty. Attorney Kelly Hodge thank you so much for your time your insight. Thank you so much for having me.

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