Morries Hall, the man identified as George Floyd's drug dealer by Floyd's girlfriend Courtney Ross, refused to testify on Tuesday fearing that he could be charged with third-degree murder for drug dealing resulting in death.
As the Law Officer reported, “George Floyd’s drug dealer concerned he may be charged with murder if he testifies.”
“Your honor, I cannot envision any topic that Mr. Hall would be called to testify on that would be both relevant to the case that would not incriminate him,” Hall’s lawyer told Judge Peter Cahill during a hearing, with the jury absent from the courtroom. “Mr. Hall’s testimony in these matters would specifically put him in the position of being in very close proximity to Mr. Floyd, in a vehicle where drugs were found during a search by police following Floyd’s death.”
Courtney Ross, Floyd’s girlfriend at the time of his death, has given testimony that Hall had been selling Floyd drugs. Hall’s testimony could serve as a “link in the chain” for the drugs Floyd ingested shortly before his death, which could lead to a third-degree murder charge against Hall.
Ross also testified that Floyd had been hospitalized twice in March – on one occasion due to a drug overdose for which he was hospitalized for five days. Floyd had bought opioids and drugs from Hall known as “speedballs”, a mix of methamphetamine and fentanyl. According to Ross, these pills that she bought from Hall made her feel “like she was going to die”.
And since Hall has not been offered immunity in exchange for his testimony, experts told Law Officer that there have been two distinct outcomes envisioned: Either the State is leaving the option to prosecute Hall at a later time or they do not want his testimony in the trial of Derek Chauvin.
Hall also allegedly gave Floyd the fake $20 bill which led to his arrest.
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