LIVE: Chauvin Trial Day 14 – Defense to Bring More Medical Experts To Testify As Trial Rapidly Approaches End

Welcome to our ongoing coverage of the Minnesota murder trial of Derek Chauvin, over the in-custody death of George Floyd.  I am Attorney Andrew Branca for Law of Self Defense.

As we rapidly approach the conclusion of the testimony in Minnesota v. Chauvin it appears that the defense intends to close its case in chief by bringing at least three more medical expert witnesses before the jury, based on the expert witness disclosure filed by the defense back in January (disclosure embedded below).

Among those experts listed in the disclosure who have not yet testified are Dr. Gary W. Kunsman, a forensic toxicologist, Dr. Michael Werner, a forensic psychiatrist, and Dr. Kai Sturmann, an emergency medicine doctor.

Here’s the expert disclosure form:

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[Featured image is a screen capture from video of today’s court proceedings in MN v. Chauvin.]



6 thoughts on “LIVE: Chauvin Trial Day 14 – Defense to Bring More Medical Experts To Testify As Trial Rapidly Approaches End”

  1. Didn’t Nelson want to call one of the State’s witnesses for his own? If so, does this mean he decided not to call her in, after all?

    If I recall correctly, Nelson wanted her to come in to go into more detail about “excited delirium”.

  2. Nelson did a terrible recross of states rebuttal witness. If he had remembered his owns witness testimony, is stated CO poisoning is reversible by providing 100% oxygen and CO would dissipate after an hour to an hour and a half. Wow, look at that time, 8pm to 9:30pm when the panels were taken. Clearly the 100% Floyd was getting and the blood being circulated cleared out and wouldn’t be found on the panel. The defense witness messed up this point yesterday, he should have been clear the panel would have only showed this if Floyd wasn’t given CPR and oxygen. He jumped too fast to the conclusion and how to show the conclusion without considering all the factors in the case.

    1. Carbon dioxide poisoning as a cause of death would not help the defense’s case on second degree murder at all. It would actually help the prosecution’s case on the third degree murder and second degree manslaughter charges. Obviously holding someone’s head in front of a tailpipe for 10 minutes would be negligent or reckless conduct, at the very least.

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