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Floyd: Trial hears witnesses to his killing

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Courtney Ross, the girlfriend of George Floyd for three years, told the court about how they met and their struggles with addiction.

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- Courteney Ross had been in a relationship with George Floyd for nearly three years by the time he died.

COURTENEY ROSS: --what I would call a mama's boy. I could tell from the minute I met him, and when he--

- The emotion of testifying at the trial of the man accused of killing him was clear. They'd met when he worked as a security guard at a Salvation Army shelter.

COURTENEY ROSS: He said, can I pray with you? I thought it was so sweet at the time.

- Both though had developed addictions to opioids during their relationship. The lawyer for Derek Chauvin asked her about taking George Floyd to hospital two months before his death.

ERIC NELSON: You spent several days with him at the hospital, correct?


ERIC NELSON: And did you learn what caused that overdose?


ERIC NELSON: At that time frame, did you learn that Mr. Floyd was taking anything other than opioids?


ERIC NELSON: You did not know that he had taken heroin at that time?


- Two weeks before his death, she said she became aware he was using opioids again.

COURTENEY ROSS: I noticed a change in his behavior, yes.

- The defense claimed George Floyd died of a drug overdose, not a police officer's knee on his neck. The jury heard the paramedics who responded that day testify as to what they found.

DEREK SMITH: I checked for a pulse.

- And did you also check the individual, Mr. Floyd's pupils?


- And what did you determine at that point?

DEREK SMITH: They were large, dilated.

- You didn't feel or detect a pulse?

DEREK SMITH: I did not detect a pulse.

- And what did his condition appear to be to you, overall?

DEREK SMITH: In lay terms, I thought he was dead.

- Among those listening in court throughout the trial have been members of George Floyd's family. His brother told Sky News what it's been like to relive his death.

PHILONISE FLOYD: Devastating, having to relive it all over again. It's like an emotional roller coaster. Stuff is just constantly running through your mind, and you have to relive anything and everything. And you hear him constantly screaming because he's being tortured to death, and he's gasping for air like a fish out of water.

- It's been an exhaustive, at times graphic examination of the events of that day, difficult for everyone involved and a country watching intently.