It’s a day off (FRI) in the Derek Chauvin trial before closing arguments are set to begin on Monday at 9am. Former U-S Attorney for Minnesota Tom Heffelgfinger says he’s not surprised that Chauvin opted not to take the stand.

“In this particular case, that’s probably a wise decision because the evidence against him is quite strong and the cross-examination of the prosecution has been quite good throughout.”

Heffelfinger says Chauvin testifying would potentially be “a high-risk venture with rewards that may not warrant taking that risk.”