The judge in the Derek Chauvin trial ruled that Morries Hall, who was in the car with George Floyd when police first confronted him May 25, 2020, will not testify in the case.
At a hearing this morning, Hall appeared and invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself by testifying. Asked by the judge if he would be willing to answer questions that were pre-submitted to the court if he were put under oath, Hall said, "No, I am not" because "I'm fearful of criminal charges."
Before Hall spoke in court, his attorney addressed the court arguing how her client could expose himself to criminal charges if he took the stand in the Chauvin trial.
The judge said that he had found that Hall has "a complete fifth amendment privilege here" and ruled to quash a subpoena by the defense for Hall's testimony.
Court is set to resume at 10:30 a.m. ET when the defense is expected to call its next witness.
Morries Hall speaks at the hearing: