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George Floyd drug use remains defense target

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MINNEAPOLIS — More witnesses were expected to take the stand Thursday in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, where attorney questioning has returned to the topic of George Floyd’s drug use.

Floyd’s girlfriend Courteney Ross told jurors last week the two both became addicted to opioids four years ago after they were prescribed the drugs for chronic pain. Like millions of Americans, they tried to go clean but failed, she said.

On Wednesday, defense attorney Eric Nelson suggested Floyd said the words “I ate too many drugs” during his struggle with police last Memorial Day. He played several seconds of unintelligible police bodycam audio for witnesses: One said he couldn’t make out Floyd’s words, and other said he thought Floyd was saying “I ain’t do no drugs.”

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