Day 4 Of Derek Chauvin Trial Starts With Floyd's Girlfriend

Floyd was 6-foot-4 and 223 pounds, according to the autopsy, which also found fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system.

Wednesday's testimony before Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill was dominated by two witnesses who gave emotional accounts of being at a south Minneapolis intersection seeing Floyd detained by the neck under Chauvin's knee until lapsing into unconsciousness.

"So it would appear that he was high", the 19-year-old said.

The trial of Derek Chauvin, who is charged with killing George Floyd, is set to resume in Minneapolis on Thursday. McMillian can be heard talking to Floyd in the viral video taken by a bystander, telling him, "You can't win, man". The video showed officers trying to get Floyd into a squad vehicle, then struggling with the police.

"If I would've just not taken the bill, this could've been avoided", Martin said.

They took walks in the parks and around the lakes of Minneapolis, which was still new to the Texas-raised Floyd, and ate out a lot: "He was a big man", she said, describing his daily weightlifting, "and it look a lot of energy to keep him going".

Martin, who lived above the store, said Floyd eventually bought cigarettes with a $20 bill. Darnella - the teenager whose film of Mr Floyd's death sparked global protests - said she "stays up apologising" to him for "not doing more".

Mr Martin said he told the store manager about the fake bill, however, and he was told to go outside and tell Mr Floyd to return to the store.

But Mr Floyd and a passenger in his SUV twice refused to go back into the store to resolve the issue, and the manager had a co-worker call police, Mr Martin testified. "He did seem high". He told the court Mr Chauvin had used a unsafe technique called a "blood choke" and was moving his knee back and forth to increase the pressure on Mr Floyd's back and neck.

Asked by prosecutor Matthew Frank what he felt at the time, Mr Martin became visibly upset and said "disbelief and guilt".

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Earlier, a Minneapolis firefighter who wept Tuesday as she recalled being prevented from using her EMT training to help Floyd returned to the stand briefly Wednesday.

Martin said he left the store again when he heard "yelling and screaming" outside.

Mr McMillian, the first bystander on the scene, can be heard on video at one point telling a handcuffed Mr Floyd "you can't win" and to get into the back of a police squad vehicle.

At one point during his testimony, McMillan broke down sobbing, dropped his head, and removed his glasses to wipe tears from his eyes after prosecutors played the video of police putting Floyd in the vehicle.

When Eldridge asked McMillian to explain how he was feeling in that moment, he replied, "I feel helpless".

Floyd was later arrested outside, where Chauvin pinned his knee on his neck for what prosecutors said was 9 minutes, 29 seconds, as a handcuffed Floyd lay face-down on the pavement.

But Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson also sought to bring out evidence that the onlookers were agitated, in an apparent attempt to show that the police were distracted by what they perceived as a growing and increasingly hostile crowd.

Prosecutors asked McMillian why he felt the need to speak to Chauvin.

His trial is expected to last about a month.

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