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McMillian's emotional statement was the latest in a string of testimonies that conveyed the trauma suffered by those who witnessed firsthand what occurred to Floyd, and who confessed to struggling with feelings of guilt and helplessness for failing to prevent his death.

Mr Martin said Mr Floyd appeared to be "high" while he was in the store but was "very friendly, approachable, talkative".

The death of Floyd, a Black man, set off protests against racism and police brutality across the country in the days and weeks after bystander video emerged of Floyd repeatedly saying "I can't breathe" and pleading with Chauvin as the officer kept his knee on Floyd's neck during the May 2020 arrest.

The Hennepin County Public Defender's Office filed a notice Wednesday on behalf of Morries Lester Hall, 42, who was in the vehicle with Floyd when police approached him for allegedly using a fake $20 bill at Cup Foods in Minneapolis.

Christopher Martin, who was working at Cup Foods when the incident happened, said he talked to Floyd while he was in the store, and testified that he believed Floyd was under the influence.

The bodycam videos include the moment Floyd was arrested at gunpoint for allegedly passing a fake $20 bill and his desperate pleas that he "can't breathe" as he is pinned facedown in the street by officers.

"I don't have a mama either", McMillan said before court officials chose to take a break questioning him.

"I was planning to just put it on my tab", he said, meaning the amount would be taken out of his paycheck.

Martin said he told the store manager about the fake bill, however, and the manager eventually called the police.

But Mr Floyd and a passenger in his SUV twice refused to go back into the store to resolve the issue, and the manager had a co-worker call police, Mr Martin testified.

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.

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"He seemed to be having an average Memorial Day, just living his life", Martin said.

Martin said he left the store again when he heard "yelling and screaming" outside. He told the court Mr Chauvin had used a risky technique called a "blood choke" and was moving his knee back and forth to increase the pressure on Mr Floyd's back and neck.

Asked by prosecutor Matthew Frank what he felt at the time, Martin became visibly upset and said "disbelief and guilt".

Charles McMillian, 61, was another witness who took the stand on Wednesday.

At one point, Eldridge asked McMillian if he needed "a minute", and paused the video.

In the shop's surveillance video, Mr Floyd can be seen laughing, talking to people, and walking around.

Chauvin faces second and third-degree murder charges, as well as one charge of second-degree manslaughter.

"I feel helpless", McMillan said to describe the way he felt while watching the arrest.

Later in his testimony, the witness also described how a few days earlier, he had encountered Chauvin and chose to go up and talk to him.

"It's one of my favorite stories to tell", Ross said, smiling toward the jury, when asked by a prosecutor how she first met Floyd in August, 2017, at a Salvation Army homeless shelter, where he worked as a security guard.

His trial is expected to last about a month.

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