A friend who was in the car with George Floyd before he was arrested has told a Minneapolis court that he won’t testify if he’s called upon as a witness in the trial of Derek Chauvin, New York Post reports
He cited the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to back his decision up.
He also filed a surprise motion in Hennepin County District Court with his lawyer saying he “hereby provides notice to all parties in this matter that if called to testify he will invoke his fifth amendment privilege against self-incrimination.”
“Therefore, counsel for Mr. Hall respectfully moves this court to… release Mr. Hall from any obligations therein,” the papers said.
Morries Lester Hall told “Good Morning America” that he watched George Floyd “begging for his life.”
Hall, also known as Maurice, was not only with Floyd that day but was also caught on video footage watching the fatal arrest as well as interacting with the officers.
He gave a series of interviews days after his friend’s death, recalling to “Good Morning America” how he was haunted by watching his friend “begging for his life” and “fearing the Reaper.
Morries Lester Hall will plead the Fifth Amendment and not testify as a witness in the trial of Derek Chauvin.
“I’m a key witness to the cops murdering George Floyd, and they want to know my side,” he told the New York Times in early June
“I walk with Floyd … I know that I’m going to be his voice,” he vowed at the time.
But the Times said that at the time he had outstanding warrants for his arrest on felony possession of a firearm, felony domestic assault and felony drug possession.
He provided a false name to officers at the scene of Floyd’s arrest, a Minnesota official told the paper and has also been accused of trying to pass a counterfeit bill just like Floyd had, sparking his arrest that day.