July 11, 2013

George Zimmerman opts not to testify in own defense

Jurors could begin deliberating as early as Friday about whether George Zimmerman murdered the unarmed Florida teenager.

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George Zimmerman enters the courtroom for his trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla., on Wednesday. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

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Trayvon Martin
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In a photo provided by the Martin family, Trayvon Martin holds an unidentified baby. Jurors could begin deliberating as early as Friday about whether George Zimmerman murdered Martin or acted in self-defense.

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Immediately after the defense rested, prosecutors called their first rebuttal witness — Adam Pollock, the gym owner who had trained Zimmerman. But prosecutors decided not to question Pollock after the judge ruled he couldn't be questioned about a video put on his gym's website showing his court testimony at the trial.

Shortly after, court was adjourned until Thursday morning.

Earlier Wednesday, a former neighbor of Zimmerman's, Olivia Bertalan, described how he had helped her find a lock for her townhome's sliding door and offered any help he could after burglars broke into her home.

"I was just appreciative he was offering a hand and said I could spend time with his wife if I wanted to during the day," she said.

Defense attorneys also called public safety consultant Dennis Root to testify that Martin was in better physical shape than Zimmerman, and that the neighborhood watch volunteer wasn't any athlete.

"He would find himself lacking when compared to Mr. Martin," Root said of Zimmerman.

During cross-examination of Root, prosecutor John Guy used a life-sized foam mannequin in front of the jury to simulate the body positions of Zimmerman and Martin at the time of the shooting.

Straddling the dummy, Guy proposed a scenario in which Martin was on top of Zimmerman and asked Root if it was possible that Martin was backing away from Zimmerman at the time of the fatal gunshot.

"Yes," Root said.

Using the same mannequin during further questioning of Root, O'Mara challenged the notion of Martin retreating. Root said that while multiple gun angles were possible, he had no specific information to say what position Martin was in when he was shot.

"I think you're not going to be involved in a conflict like this without it being dynamic," Root said.

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