Hennepin County Courthouse

Chauvin defense team points to autopsy in opening arguments, lawyers for former officer say Floyd had pre-existing condition and fentanyl in his system

Defense attorneys for Derek Chauvin said George Floyd died of a drug overdose and not due to the former police officer’s actions. During opening arguments Monday, Defense Attorney Eric Nelson outlined Floyd’s autopsy report, which showed he had a pre-existing condition as well as meth and fentanyl in his system at the time of the incident.