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The Trial Of Derek Chauvin Continues

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CBS4's Michael George reports on the 10th day of the trial of Derek Chauvin.

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LINDSEY THOMAS: I mentioned I think the primary mechanism was asphyxia or low oxygen.

- Now at 5:00, a forensic pathologist took the stand today in the 10th day of testimony in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. So far, the prosecution has called 33 witnesses. The focus now on testimony from medical experts, as both sides try to pinpoint the exact cause of George Floyd's death. CBS 4's Michael George has the details on today's critical testimony.

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.

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.

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?

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.


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


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.