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Prosecutors Call George Floyd's Girlfriend To Stand In Derek Chauvin Trial

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CBS4's Michael George has the latest developments from the courtroom.

Video Transcript

COURTENEY ROSS: It's something that we dealt with every day. It's not something that just kind of comes and goes.

- Now at 5:00, prosecutors in the Derek Chauvin case called George Floyd's girlfriend to the stand for the fourth day of testimony. She described the moment they first met, and later, how they both struggled with opioid addiction.

- She was one of a dozen witnesses so far in the trial. CBS 4's Michael George is outside the courthouse in Minneapolis with the very latest for us. Michael?

MICHAEL GEROGE: Well, Elliott, Lauren, paramedics testified today that from the moment they arrived on the scene, George Floyd was unresponsive and had no pulse. Here's why that's important. A central part of the prosecution's case is that officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck up to, and even after his death.

MICHAEL GEROGE: My name is Courteney.

MICHAEL GEROGE: George Floyd's girlfriend testified about their relationship that began in 2017.

MICHAEL GEROGE: He said, can I pray with you? I thought, I was so tired. We'd been through so much, my sons and I. And this kind person, just to come up to me and say, can I pray with you?

MICHAEL GEROGE: She said both of them struggled with opioid abuse.

COURTENEY ROSS: It's the classic story of how many people get addicted to opioids. We both suffered from chronic pain. Mine was in my neck, and his was in his back.

MICHAEL GEROGE: Defense attorney Eric Nelson asked her about Floyd overdosing last March.

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

COURTENEY ROSS: No.

MICHAEL GEROGE: Floyd's attorney, Ben Crump, released a statement that says, "we fully expected the defense to put George's character and struggles with addiction on trial, because that's the go to tactic when the facts are not on your side. We're confident that the jury will see past that to arrive at the truth."

The jury also heard from the paramedics who arrived to treat Floyd.

DEREK SMITH: [INAUDIBLE] and I dropped him off at the hospital, and he was still in cardiac arrest.

MICHAEL GEROGE: City leaders announced ramped up security measures heading into this weekend, including humvees and police vehicles patrolling the city.

JACOB FREY: Anyone who is looking to harm either people or property in Minneapolis, it will not be tolerated. They will be arrested.

MICHAEL GEROGE: There will also be more National Guard troops patrolling in the city.

And tomorrow morning, we expect to hear testimony from the chief of the Minneapolis Police Department. In Minneapolis, Michael George. Elliott, Lauren, back to you.

- Michael, thank you for the update. And look for much more on the trial of Derek Chauvin tonight on the CBS Evening news with Norah O'Donnell at 6:30 after CBS 4 News at 6:00.