The defense attorney for Derek Chauvin, accused of murder in the death of George Floyd, seemed to imply that Floyd may have been calling out to his girlfriend, not his mother, in his final moments.
“You and Mr. Floyd, I’m assuming like most couples had pet names for each other?” Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson asked Courteney Ross, Floyd’s girlfriend. Ross answered that they did, and Ross then asked: “What were you saved in his phone as?”
“Mama,” an emotional Ross answered after a moment.
Nelson did not have any additional questions about Floyd’s nickname for Ross at the time, but about five minutes later, prosecutor Matthew Frank dug a little deeper.
“Incidentally, what did [Floyd] call his mother? What did he refer