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Key witness in Chauvin trial invokes Fifth Amendment

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In this image from video, Morries Hall appears via video as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill discusses motions before the court Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd.(Court TV via AP, Pool)

In this image from video, Morries Hall appears via video as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill discusses motions before the court Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd.(Court TV via AP, Pool)

In this image from video, Morries Hall appeared via video as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill discussed motions before the court Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

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UPDATED 7:40 PM PT – Tuesday, April 6, 2021

A key witness in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin invoked the Fifth Amendment.

On Tuesday, the lawyer for George Floyd’s longtime friend Morries Lester Hall said he is pleading the Fifth, in fear of self-incrimination.

Body camera footage shows Hall sitting next to Floyd in the car when police arrived. He was also in the Cup Foods store with Floyd before the arrest. Documents revealed there were several warrants out for Hall’s arrest for firearm possession, domestic assault and drug possession.

The judge instructed defense attorney Eric Nelson to prepare written questions for Hall’s attorney to review.

In this image from video, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill discusses motions before the court Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, in the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

In this image from video, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill discussed motions before the court Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, in the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. (Court TV via AP, Pool)

 

“I think we can pretty, we have pretty much established or based on what Mr. Nelson has said, there’s really a very small, narrow topic that might be permissible,” Cahill stated. “So, what I’m going to do is I’m going to ask Mr. Nelson essentially to draft to in written question form, with the expected answer based on whatever statements were made, on what that would be.”

The judge then instructed Hall and his attorney to discuss which questions he would be willing to answer.

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