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Defense expert in Derek Chauvin trial faces Maryland lawsuit

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In this image from video, Dr. David Fowler, a retired forensic pathologist and former chief medical examiner for the state of Maryland testifies as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides, Wednesday, April 14, 2021

BALTIMORE (AP) — The former chief medical examiner for Maryland who testified on behalf of the officer accused of killing George Floyd is a defendant in a federal lawsuit over the death of a man who died under circumstances similar to Floyd.

Dr. David Fowler recently served as a key defense witness for Officer Derek Chauvin. Fowler testified that he would have ruled Floyd’s cause of death as “undetermined.”

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A lawsuit in Maryland over the 2018 death of 19-year-old Anton Black alleges Fowler ignored evidence that police caused Black's death by pressing their weight on him for several minutes.

The Maryland Attorney General’s Office filed a motion earlier this month seeking to have the lawsuit against Fowler dismissed.