The former Maryland chief medical examiner testified on Wednesday to defend Derek Chauvin that George Floyd died because of his underlying heart disease – not from police restraint.
“In my opinion, Mr. Floyd had sudden cardiac arrhythmias or cardiac arrhythmias due to atherosclerosis and hypertensive heart disease … during his restraint and subordination by the police,” said forensic pathologist Dr. David Wowler.
Floyd had narrowed coronary arteries, known as atherosclerosis, and as an enlarged heart due to high blood pressure or high blood pressure, Fowler said. Floyd’s use of phenytal and methamphetamine and a tumor known as paragangioli were other important conditions that contributed to his death, he said.
Fowler also made a novel argument that carbon monoxide from the exhaust of the squad car may have contributed to his death.
All in all, he said that Floyd’s death should have been classified as “undetermined” rather than a murder, as there were too many competing reasons.
Testimony cuts to the prosecution’s argument, Inspired by five different medical experts, That the main cause of Floyd’s death was the Floyd restraint of Chauvin’s hands, in a prone position – known as “positional asphyxia”. To obtain a guilty verdict, prosecutors would have to prove that Chauvin’s actions were a “substantial causal factor” in Fluid’s death.