#Roommates, as the murder trial of Derek Chauvin recently wrapped up its seventh day, there was another very crucial development happening involving the murder of George Floyd in another courtroom pertaining to the case. Earlier today, Morries Hall, the currently incarcerated man who was with George Floyd before his arrest, and who also allegedly sold him drugs, appeared in court and released a statement through his attorney that he does not want to testify due to the fear of a murder charge.
@ABCNews reports, Morries Hall, who is a key witness in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial, recently appeared in court via Zoom to say that he doesn’t want to testify in the case. Hall, who is currently in jail, is threatening to use his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination—due to the large possibility stated by his lawyer, that anything he says on the witness stand regarding his alleged drug activity with George Floyd could leave him open facing a third-degree murder charge if it’s determined in court that Floyd died from a drug overdose instead of at the hands of Chauvin.
Hall’s attorney, Adrienne Cousins, argued during the recent court appearance that Hall has no immunity from potentially being prosecuted due to his testimony regarding his and George Floyd’s behavior inside the Mercedes SUV just before Minnesota police arrived to arrest Floyd. Cousins officially filed a motion to quash subpoenas from the prosecution and the defense requesting that Hall take the witness stand.
Cousins pleaded her case to Judge Peter Cahill regarding Hall not testifying, saying:
“Your honor, I cannot envision any topic that Mr. Hall would be called to testify on that would be both relevant to the case that would not incriminate him. Mr. Hall’s testimony in these matters would specifically put him in the position of being in very close proximity to Mr. Floyd, in a vehicle where drugs were found during a search by police following Floyd’s death.”
Judge Cahill stated during the hearing that he will decide on whether Hall will testify after his next court appearance.
The Derek Chauvin trial continues tomorrow. Stay tuned for updates.
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