A former chief medical examiner brought in by the defense as an expert witness during the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Wednesday speculated carbon monoxide poisoning could have contributed to George Floyd's death. The factor was one of several David Fowler, a former Maryland chief medical examiner who was the first witness the defense called to the stand early Wednesday, listed that could have played a role in Floyd's death. Fowler made the speculation while testifying about the possible exposure Floyd could have received from exhaust from a nearby squad car when he was pinned to the ground under law enforcement restraint during the arrest that preceded his death last May. ADVERTISEMENT Fowler, who said he reviewed all of the footage of the arrest presented in the case, said the videos showed that Floyd's "face was facing towards the vehicle, towards the rear of the vehicle and directly towards the area where you would expect, the tailpipe or tailpipes of a vehicle." "There is exposure to a vehicle exhaust, so potentially carbon monoxide poisoning, or what at least an effect from increased carbon monoxide in his bloodstream," he testified. "And let me just ask you, are you suggesting that Mr…. Read full this story
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