A judge is allowing George Floyd’s close friend Morries Hall to wear civilian clothes when he appears in court.
According to court documents obtained by Radar, Hall, who is set to appear for a court hearing as part of Derek Chauvin’s murder trial, asked the judge to allow him to take off his prison jumpsuit before being shown to the jury.
His lawyer filed a ‘Request For Clothing For Appearance’ the night before his scheduled appearance. In court documents, Hall’s lawyer says his client is currently in custody at the Hennepin County Jail and will be appearing via zoom for the hearing.
He wanted to be allowed to take off his scrubs aka his jail clothes for the zoom. The judge presiding over the trial granted the motion.
The order read, “The Hennepin County Public Safety Facility shall allow Morries Hall a set of civilian clothing and the opportunity to change into that civilian clothing prior to his 8:30 a.m. appearance in the above-entitled matter on April 6, 2021, and shall not require him to appear in jail “scrubs” for his appearance at that hearing.
As Radar previously reported, Hall will appear before the court to argue against the subpoena seeking his testimony during the trial. He informed the court if he was called to the stand he would invoke the fifth amendment privilege.
Hall was with Floyd at the scene when he died. He was the passenger seat of Floyd’s car when the police arrived and witnessed his death.
Shortly after the incident on May 25, 2020, Hall reportedly fled Minneapolis. He was arrested a couple of weeks later in Texas on outstanding warrants.
While in custody, Hall spoke to The New York Times about the day in question. He said Floyd was not resisting arrest before Chauvin placed his knee on his neck for over 8 minutes which resulted in his death.
He said, “He was just crying out at that time for anyone to help because he was dying. I’m going to always remember seeing the fear in Floyd’s face because he’s such a king. That’s what sticks with me, seeing a grown man cry, before seeing a grown man die.”
Hall spoke to several other media outlets before realizing his statements could be used against him in his criminal proceedings.