Morries Hall, a man who was in the vehicle with George Floyd on the day of his death, has invoked his 5th Amendment right not to testify in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
The most serious charge against the now-fired white officer carries up to 40 years in prison.
George Floyd's girlfriend took the witness stand on Thursday and described their relationship, from a first kiss to date nights at restaurants, but also spoke about how an addiction to painkillers took hold of their life together.
Ross began her testimony by telling how the two of them met.
They took walks in the parks and around the lakes of Ross's native Minneapolis, which was still new to the Texas-raised Floyd, and dined out often: "He was a big man", she said, describing his daily weightlifting, "and it look a lot of energy to keep him going".
In March 2020, Ross drove Floyd to the emergency room because he was in extreme stomach pain, and she later learned he overdosed.
Ross said she had gone to the shelter because her sons' father was staying there.
"In lay terms, I thought he was dead", Smith told the jury.
The defense has argued that Chauvin did what he was trained to do when he encountered Floyd last May and that Floyd's death was caused by drugs, his underlying health conditions and his own adrenaline. "It's not something that comes and goes, it's something I'll deal with forever".
Lawyers for Floyd's family, Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci, criticized Chauvin's defense in a joint statement: "Tens of thousands of Americans struggle with self-medication and opioid abuse and are treated with dignity, respect and support, not brutality", their statement said.
Edwards, who was not Chauvin's supervisor, said he didn't have details about what happened at that time but arrived to find two of the officers involved in Floyd's arrest - Thomas Lane and J. Kueng - still at the intersection, and had them put up crime scene tape.
The testimony from Sgt Pleoger offers the first insight into the aftermath of Mr Floyd's fatal arrest. But she got upset that day because the father was not coming to the lobby to discuss their son's birthday.
Mr Floyd came over to check on her.
"Floyd has this great, deep, southern voice, raspy", she said, "and he was, like, "Sis"?" Video showed somewhere around 15 onlookers not far from where Floyd lay on the pavement.
Also Thursday, a paramedic who arrived on the scene that day testified that the first call was a Code 2, for someone with a mouth injury, but it was upgraded a minute and a half later to Code 3 - a life-threatening incident that led them to turn on the lights and siren. "He was like, 'Sis, you OK, sis?'" Ms Ross recalled.
Attorneys for Hall asked the prosecution to squash his subpoena.
Under cross examination, Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson peppered Zimmerman with questions about use of force, pointing out that officers must consider the entire situation when deciding about whether to use force - including what is happening with a suspect, whether the suspect is under the influence, and other surrounding hazards, such as a crowd.
"That's one person's opinion", Chauvin could be heard responding.
Officers eventually give up, and Mr Floyd thanks them - and then is taken to the ground, face down and handcuffed. "We gotta control, gotta control this guy because he's a sizable guy". Chauvin's lawyer said the officer is 5-foot-9 and 140 pounds.
Nelson asked about Ross' knowledge about Morries Hall, who was with Floyd outside the Cup Foods on May 25, 2020.
"If I would've just not taken the bill, this could've been avoided", Mr Martin said, joining the burgeoning list of witnesses who expressed a sense of helplessness and lingering guilt over Mr Floyd's death.