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Chauvin faces murder and manslaughter charges for the death of George Floyd. The prosecution continued laying out its case, including playing new video from that day. Michael George reports.

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- It is day three of emotional testimony in the trial of the former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin. He's facing murder charges in the death of George Floyd, and today, prosecutors played new video. CBS 2's Michael George reports from the courthouse.

MICHAEL GEORGE: It's been a dramatic day of testimony. The court proceedings actually had to be stopped twice. Once because of a juror health issue, and a second time, because a witness was so overcome with emotion. He couldn't go on.

An emotional moment in court as witness Charles McMillian broke down in tears after seeing the video of officers forcing George Floyd into a squad car.


MICHAEL GEORGE: McMillian came upon the scene last May and pleaded with George to comply with police. The court took a recess, so he could compose himself. Prosecutors also played new video for the jury captured inside a neighborhood store, where Floyd was accused of giving cashier Christopher Martin a counterfeit $20 bill.

- After he left, did you look at the video again?


- What was the store policy about cashiers accepting $20 bills?

CHRISTOPHER MARTIN: If you took a counterfeit bill, you have to pay for it out of your money or your paycheck. I was planning to just put it on my tab, until I second guessed myself. And as you can see in the video, I kept examining it, and then I eventually told my manager.

- Defense attorney Eric Nelson questioned Martin about Floyd's demeanor.

ERIC NELSON: You formed the opinion that Mr. Floyd was under the influence of something.


MICHAEL GEORGE: The trial was briefly halted today when one of the jurors flagged the judge, saying she felt sick. After a 20 minute break, she took the stand to say she had a stress related reaction.

Prosecutors also played a cell phone video taken by Christopher Belfrey, who started recording the initial encounter between the officers, Floyd, and his friends.

CHRISTOPHER BELFREY: One officer drew a handgun, and opened the door, and pointed the gun at whoever was in the driver's seat.

MICHAEL GEORGE: The trial is expected to last up to four weeks, and in the coming days, we expect to hear testimony from the Minneapolis police chief, as well as law enforcement experts, who are expected to testify about the officer's actions that day. In Minneapolis, Michael George, CBS 2 News.

- And the most serious charge in the case, second degree murder carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.