Case dismissed against Chauvin trial witness over domestic assault allegations

Prosecutors have dismissed charges against a man who testified in the trial of Derek Chauvin for George Floyd’s murder.

Donald Williams, 35, pleaded not guilty to domestic assault after being accused of strangling and striking his ex-girlfriend during an incident outside the Minnesota State Fair in 2022.

Court records show prosecuting attorneys dropped the charges in late August this year after an agreement that saw Williams plead guilty to a domestic abuse no-contact order violation involving the same victim.

That plea is part of a global resolution with Anoka County, according to a Ramsey County court spokesperson.

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The spokesperson added that prosecutors were unable to reach the victim in the case and there were “serious evidentiary challenges” including minimal physical evidence.

Williams testified in the trial of Derek Chauvin after witnessing George Floyd’s murder on May 25, 2020.

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While on the stand, Williams described calling the police on the police and later said preparing for the trial was “like a championship fight.”