[Ed. – Threat of mistrial.]
The judge in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin rejected a request by the prosecution to enter newly discovered evidence that contains information about George Floyd’s carbon monoxide levels during his arrest, warning the prosecution of a mistrial if the test results were mentioned by a witness.
“If he even hints that there are test results the jury has not heard about, it’s going to be a mistrial, pure and simple,” Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill said.
“This late disclosure is not the way we should be operating here.”
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Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell told Cahill on Thursday morning that the state had received evidence from Hennepin County Medical Examiner Andrew Baker that Floyd’s blood contained carbon monoxide content readings, The Hill reported.