Derek Chauvin is on trial for George Floyd's death

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A cashier who was one of the last people to speak with George Floyd before his deadly arrest last May testified at Derek Chauvin's murder trial in Minneapolis on Wednesday that Floyd appeared to be high on drugs but was able to make friendly conversation.

Three other former police officers involved in the arrest - Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng - are to be tried separately later this year.

As Floyd was pinned down by Chauvin and other officers, McMillian, the bystander, could be heard on video saying to Floyd, "You can't win" and "Get up and get in the vehicle".

Nelson also said Hall and Hill would testify that Floyd consumed two pills in the vehicle before police arrived, fell asleep and could not be awakened by Hall or Hill. He's a young man who, in that famous video, can be heard pleading with Chauvin to get off of Floyd's neck.

In this image from police body cam video, a Minneapolis police officer approaches George Floyd with a gun drawn, on May 25, 2020, outside Cup Foods in Minneapolis.

Earlier, a Minneapolis firefighter, who wept on Tuesday as she recalled being prevented from using her training to help Mr Floyd, returned to the witness box briefly on Wednesday. "I don't have a mama either". "My stomach hurts, my neck hurts".

The officer also asked twice if the officers should roll Floyd on his side, and later said he thinks Floyd is passing out.

The 46-year-old black man was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

"If I would've just not taken the bill, this could've been avoided", Martin lamented, joining the burgeoning list of witnesses who expressed a sense of helplessness and lingering guilt over Floyd's death.

Mr Martin said he knew right away that the banknote was fake but took it anyway.

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He said Mr Floyd had ingested drugs at the time of his arrest "in an effort to hide them from the police", and suggested this had contributed to his death.

"It's been nights I've stayed up apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more and not physically interacting and not saving his life", she said.

"I took it anyways and I was planning to just put it on my tab", he said, meaning that the amount would be taken out of his paycheck. "I offered to pay for it". "He did seem high".

Eric Nelson, Chauvin's defense attorney, claimed in opening arguments that Mr Floyd's death was due to drugs and underlying medical conditions and not asphyxiation.

"I saw people yelling and screaming", he said.

When Floyd did not do so, the manager told an employee to call police - a fateful call that ultimately ended with Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck.

Asked by prosecutor Matthew Frank what he felt at the time, Mr Martin became visibly upset and said "disbelief and guilt". One of the most poignant moments of the day came when she told the prosecutor that in George Floyd, she saw her Black dad, her Black brother, her Black cousins.

FLORIDO: Yeah, the witnesses today included Darnella Frazier - she's the teenager who filmed the cellphone video of Floyd's arrest that so much of the world has seen by now - also an off-duty firefighter who stumbled upon the scene.

Mr McMillian began sobbing as the video was played, removing his glasses and wiping his eyes with tissues until Judge Peter Cahill called a brief recess. "I was desperate to give help". Williams also testified, though, that he called the police on the police to report that Floyd had been murdered just a little bit after the incident concluded. Asked by a prosecutor why he did so, McMillian said: "Because what I watched was wrong". The most serious charge against the now-fired officer carries up to 40 years in prison.

The trial is expected to last about a month.

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