The witness, Morris Lester Hall, was sitting in Mr. Floyd’s car seat when Minneapolis police officers approached him about using a fake $ 20 bill to pay for cigarettes at Cup Foods. During the trial, Mr. Hall appeared in police body camera footage shown by the prosecution.
The Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office said Wednesday, “If he is called to testify, he will invoke his Fifth Amendment against his suicide.”
In an interview with The New York Times, Mr. Hall said that Mr. Floyd tried to ease tensions with the police and did not resist any arrests.
According to a Minnesota official, Mr. Hall gave officers a misnomer at the scene of Floyd’s arrest. At the time, he had outstanding warrants for arrest on a firearms, felony, domestic violence and drug possession for felony.
Mr. Hall was a longtime friend of Mr. Floyd. Both Houston natives, they were connected in Minneapolis through a pastor and had been in contact every day since 2016, Mr. Hall said in an interview with the New York Times last year. Mr. Hall said he considered Mr. Floyd a confidant and mentor, like many in the community.
The motion requested that the court revoke the subpoena “relating to its testimony” and “release Mr. Hall from his obligations.”