Courteney Ross, George Floyd’s friend, testified that Floyd was hospitalized for an overdose in March 2020.
When asked by defense attorney Eric Nelson, Ross replied that she picked Floyd up one night to take him to work, but he wasn’t feeling well so she took him to the hospital instead.
“I thought I was going to take him to work. He wasn’t feeling well. His stomach was really hurting. He was in double pain. He just wasn’t feeling well and he said he needed to go to the hospital so I picked up we went straight to it Hospital. We went to the emergency room and they checked him in in the emergency room and it got late. And I had to go to work myself that Friday night, “she said.
“You found out later that it was an overdose?” Nelson asked.
“Yes,” Ross replied
Nelson then asked Ross if she had found out what caused the overdose. She said she didn’t.
Here’s how the rest of the exchange happened:
Nelson: Did you find out then that Mr. Floyd was taking anything other than opioids?
Nelson: You didn’t know he was using heroin at the time?
Prosecutors were the first to ask about opioid use during the trial in order to stay one step ahead of some of the defense team’s arguments. Defense attorneys plan in case Floyd died from unrelated medical problems and drug use.
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