Derek Chauvin trial: Floyd’s girlfriend testifies, details their struggle with opioid addiction
CA, 02 Apr 2021
On the fourth day of ex-cop Derek Chauvin's murder trial, George Floyd's girlfriend Courteney Ross testified, smiling through tears as she spoke about how she first met Floyd when he offered to pray with her, talked about their relationship, and described how they both struggled with opioid addiction.
"It's a classic story of how many people get addicted to opioids," Ross, 45, told the jury. "We both suffered from chronic pain: mine was in my neck, his was in his back."
Chauvin's lead lawyer, Eric Nelson, asked Ross many questions in cross-examination about how the couple got their drugs and an episode where Floyd took himself to a hospital emergency room for what proved to be a non-fatal overdose.
Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minn. after the officer knelt on his neck for an extended period during an arrest. Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted on the most serious charge.
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