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Some have speculated throughout the week that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin would testify at his trial. Thursday morning, Chauvin instead invoked his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.
Here was Chauvin’s exchange with defense attorney Eric Nelson:
Nelson: Have you made a decision today, whether you will attempt to testify, or whether you intend to invoke your Fifth Amendment right?
Chauvin: I will invoke my Fifth amendment privilege today.
The judge then asked Chauvin if the decision was his own, to which Chauvin said, “Yes.”
— ABC News (@ABC) April 15, 2021
The defense indicated it was prepared to call another witness on Thursday, but now is expected to rest its case, according to CNN.
Judge Peter A. Cahill said the court could end up taking Friday off.
Chauvin, 45, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree unintentional murder, and second-degree manslaughter, and third-degree murder charges. The latter of which — depraved-heart murder — has been criticized by some, notably Ben Shapiro, as not fitting Chauvin’s actions.