Derek Chauvin Trial – Day 7 (April 6, 2021)
1. Morries Hall
Proceedings began with a hearing with Morries Hall, who was in the passenger in Floyd’s car, and who others (including Floyd’s girlfriend) testified was the drug dealer who provided Floyd drugs for years.
Hall appeared remotely from jail and Judge Cahill allowed him to wear civil clothes (in case he would actually testify).
He is being held pending non-related charges (violation of court order after pleading guilty to Domestic Assault by Strangulation). He was denied bail, on the most recent violation, probably because he left the state and fled to Texas the day after Floyd died last year. He was since located by the Texas Rangers and returned to Minnesota.
The issue at hand was whether he could quash the subpoena for his testimony by asserting his 5th amendment right against self-incrimination.
His attorney explained that any and all of his testimony could incriminate him in potential 3rd degree murder charges, for providing drugs to Floyd.
And the prosecution obviously wants every bit of that hidden.
2. Sgt. Ker Yang
24-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department. He currently coordinates MPD’s Crisis Intervention Training unit.
3. Lt. Johnny Mercil
MPD official on defensive tactics and use of force training. Chauvin attended a 2018 training session he conducted. He testified Chauvin’s knee to the neck would not be authorized after Floyd was handcuffed and under control.
4. Officer Nicole Mackenzie
In charge of medical training for MPD officers, including Narcan administration.
5. Sgt. Jody Stiger
“Use of force” expert witness for the State. Works for the Los Angeles Police Department.
(Source: Washington Post Livestream – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoVMQ0HcLKQ)