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Derek Chauvin Trial: Medical Experts Testify On Death Of George Floyd

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The murder trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin entered its 10th day Friday. Jurors heard testimony from key medical experts on the death of George Floyd; Michael George reports for CBS2.

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- The murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin has entered its 10th day today.

- Jurors heard testimony from key medical experts on the death of George Floyd. CBS 2's, Michael George reports.

ANDREW BAKER: My full name is Andrew Michael Baker.

MICHAEL GEORGE: The medical examiner who performed George Floyd's autopsy took the witness stand telling jurors what he determined to be the cause of death.

ANDREW BAKER: Homicide in my world is a medical term.

MICHAEL GEORGE: Forensic pathologist, Dr. Lindsey Thomas, who reviewed the report was asked if she agreed with those findings.

DR. LINDSEY THOMAS: There's no evidence to suggest he would have died that night, except for the interactions with law enforcement.

MICHAEL GEORGE: Jurors were handed autopsy images showing injuries Dr. Thomas says Floyd sustained as Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes.

DR. LINDSEY THOMAS: All of the things that he's using, his muscles, his strength, his body, it's kind of a double whammy to his heart and lungs and muscles and his whole system.

MICHAEL GEORGE: In cross-examination the defense raised questions about the prone restraint the former Minneapolis police officer used.

ERIC NELSON: Is the prone position on concrete inherently dangerous?

DR. LINDSEY THOMAS: Again, with no other factors, as long as someone can breathe, no.

ERIC NELSON: Right, I could be laying by the pool in Florida, right, on my stomach in the prone position, not inherently dangerous.

DR. LINDSEY THOMAS: Right.

JERRY BLACKWELL: George Floyd was not laying by the pool on his stomach in Florida, was he?

DR. LINDSEY THOMAS: No.

MICHAEL GEORGE: Dr. Thomas also testified Floyd's death was not a result of a drug overdose or underlying health conditions as the defense has suggested. Other medical experts who took the stand this week expressed similar opinions. Michael George, CBS News.

- Chauvin is charged with second degree murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter. The most serious charge carries a sentence of up to 40 years in prison.