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VERIFY: George Floyd's friends, family will speak in Chauvin trial as 'spark of life' witnesses

Derek Chauvin’s trial for the death of George Floyd has seen a number of witnesses take the stand with testimony relating directly to Floyd’s final moments and Chauvin’s actions during that time. George Floyd isn’t on trial and his past has been considered mostly irrelevant for the ongoing trial. However, earlier testimony from Floyd’s girlfriend and details of a unique rule in Minnesota courts has some viewers confused as to whether people close to Floyd are allowed to testify and what they’re allowed to say. Will George Floyd’s family and friends speak in the trial as “spark of life” witnesses? Two witnesses, a sibling of George Floyd and an acquaintance of his from Minnesota, will take the stand to talk about Floyd as part of a unique Minnesota trial rule called the “spark of life” doctrine. The prosecution will also show photos of Floyd throughout his life. Floyd’s girlfriend, who the prosecution already brought to the stand as a witness, was not considered a spark of life witness, according to the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. Full story: https://www.weareiowa.com/article/news/verify/chauvin-trial-floyd-friends-family-speak-spark-of-life-witnesses/536-9d0c26f3-ef84-47af-8aec-64e53b8bf63e Subscribe to Local 5 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/weareiowalocal5news Add Local 5 on Roku: https://channelstore.roku.com/details/3c2949aadbd0c7a4649e5196085b80da/des-moines-news-we-are-iowa Download the We Are Iowa app: https://weareiowa.com/app Get Local 5’s "5 Things to Know" email newsletter in your inbox: https://weareiowa.com/email 'Like' Local 5 on Facebook: https://facebook.com/WeAreIowa Follow Local 5 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/weareiowa5news Follow Local 5 on Instagram: https://instagram.com/weareiowa

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