Ex-cop, Derek Chauvin, invoked his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent on Thursday telling the judge he will not testify in his own defense in the murder trial of George Floyd.
He’s accused of killing George Floyd last year.
Chauvin, speaking into a microphone before the jury entered the court, said it was his decision and his decision alone not to testify.
Questioning from his attorney Eric Nelson suggested a tense internal debate on the issue.
“I have advised you, and (to say that) we have gone back and forth on the matter would be kind of an understatement, wouldn’t it?” Nelson asked.
“Yes it is,” Chauvin said.
The defense had earlier indicated it was prepared to call another witness on Thursday, but now is expected to rest its case.
The former Minneapolis Police officer’s defense called seven witnesses in their attempt to gain an acquittal or hung jury.
A police use-of-force expert testified Tuesday that Chauvin’s restraint of Floyd was “justified,” and a forensic pathologist testified Wednesday that Floyd’s cause of death was “undetermined,” saying his underlying heart issues were the most likely causes.
After closing arguments, the jury will get the case and will be sequestered during deliberations.
Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.