Chauvin trial finishes Wednesday with testimony from forensic scientists
Prosecutors finished questioning Neith and defense attorney Eric Nelson declined the opportunity to question her.
Judge Peter Cahill then announced the court was in recess until Thursday morning at around 9:15 a.m.
Susan Neith, a forensic chemist with NMS Labs in Pennsylvania, was called to the stand to testify and prosecutor Erin Eldridge began questioning her.
Eldridge "Did you receive 3 pills from the BCA to perform testing on?"— Callan Gray (@CallanGrayNews) April 7, 2021
Eldridge asks if these were 48 and 51, Neith says yes.
Eldridge has her look at the report.— Callan Gray (@CallanGrayNews) April 7, 2021
Item 48 Neith says, "in both of those cases the fentanyl concentration was less than 1%", says meth about 1-2% depending on pill.
Item 51 Neith says, "Fentanyl was less than 1% and meth .. was 2.9%"
With that, Neith is excused and court is in recess util tomorrow.— Callan Gray (@CallanGrayNews) April 7, 2021
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension forensic scientist Breahna Giles was called to testify and prosecutor Matthew Frank began with questioning.
Frank, "What were the results of that testing?"— Callan Gray (@CallanGrayNews) April 7, 2021
Giles says it showed THC, "there was no visible plant material that was able to be identified as marijuana".
Frank asking about item 51, Giles says testing identified meth.— Callan Gray (@CallanGrayNews) April 7, 2021
As for item 52 Giles says, "It was a partial amount of what would be a tablet", testing of that also identified meth. #DerekChauvinTrial
The court is on a 10-minute break.
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension forensic scientist McKenzie Anderson was called to testify and prosecutors began asking her questions about evidence documented in both the vehicle Floyd was in and a Minneapolis Police squad car at the scene.
Next photo shows 47 is an unopened suboxone packet.— Callan Gray (@CallanGrayNews) April 7, 2021
Anderson describes 48 "That is referring to the two pills you can see in the center console …" pic.twitter.com/GOwpxEkMlC
When asked by Frank, Anderson confirms these photos were taken, "for future reference if needed". pic.twitter.com/Fv93tckoZE— Callan Gray (@CallanGrayNews) April 7, 2021
Anderson "From item 51 .. I obtained a single source male DNA profile that matches George Floyd".— Callan Gray (@CallanGrayNews) April 7, 2021
Frank, "Did you take samples of those back to the BCA with you?"— Callan Gray (@CallanGrayNews) April 7, 2021
Anderson says yes and she did DNA testing on the samples, "from all 8 of those locations, I obtained a single source male DNA profile that matches George Floyd". #DerekChauvinTrial
The court is on a 10-minute break to discuss an exhibit to be shown in court.
The state is asking Reyerson about what was recovered at the scene that day on May 25, 2020. Two $20 bills were shown in a photo, and Reyerson adds that a pipe and pill were also found at the scene.
He testified that Floyd’s SUV and the squad car at the scene were processed on May 27 by the BCA Crime Scene team.
Reyerson states Dragon Wok, located across the street from Cup Foods, did not want to give their own footage from their viewpoint of the incident. A warrant was issued by the BCA to obtain that footage.
Reyerson was asked if it’s typical for a BCA agent to attend the autopsy, He responded "yes," but added they couldn’t in this case because of COVID-19 restrictions.
Reyerson says the prosecution requested Floyd’s vehicle be re-processed "with a particular focus on additional few specific items to include a potential pill." This was in Dec. 2020. #DerekChauvinTrial— Ana Lastra (@AnaViLastra) April 7, 2021
Frank is going through body camera footage with Reyerson.
Frank is going through body camera footage with Reyerson.— Callan Gray (@CallanGrayNews) April 7, 2021
Frank, "Is this the moment in the encounter between Mr. Floyd and Mr. Chauvin when Mr. Floyd appears to stop making verbal sounds, talking?
Reyerson, "Yes, sir." pic.twitter.com/HktKCt4Atm
The state wraps up their questioning. The defense takes over.
"It’s fair to say that the BCA’s investigation into this case was fairly extensive," Nelson asked the BCA agent.
"Yes," Reyerson responded.
Reyerson said there were about 200 citizen witnesses interviewed. He also confirmed that 440 individual police reports were written and submitted regarding the case.
Nelson: And I just want to make sure you’re not suggesting that the defense somehow put the pieces of pills into that squad car.— Ana Lastra (@AnaViLastra) April 7, 2021
Reyerson: No sir, I’m not suggesting that. https://t.co/62M5c14gLL
Reyerson said he heard Floyd say in one of the body camera’s footage, "I took too many drugs." This is a different answer heard from Sgt. Stiger earlier this morning.
The defense believes the liquid seen coming from under the car is condensation from the vehicle.
Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Jody Stiger finished his testimony Wednesday morning during the Derek Chauvin trial and BCA Senior Special Agent James Reyerson will resume his spot on the witness stand when the court is back in session.
Judge Peter Cahill says the court will reconvene at 1:15 p.m. after a lunch break.
Questioning from the state and defense continue to focus on the use of force during the incident on May 25, 2020.