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George Floyd autopsy discussion expected

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MINNEAPOLIS — One of the most important witnesses in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is expected to take the stand Friday, prosecutors said, capping off a long week of highly technical legal and medical testimony.

Last year, Dr. Andrew Baker, the Hennepin County chief medical examiner, ruled George Floyd’s death a homicide. He said Floyd’s heart and lungs stopped amid “law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression.”

Baker did not use the word “asphyxia” in his report, but the federal Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, which reviewed that autopsy, said the “subdual and restraint had elements of positional and mechanical asphyxiation.”

A family-commissioned autopsy released around the same time found Floyd’s death was a homicide caused by “asphyxiation from sustained pressure.”

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