June 28, 2013

Testimony seems to bolster Zimmerman's account of fight

He said he couldn't see faces but it looked like the person on the bottom had lighter skin.

By Kyle Hightower and Mike Schneider / The Associated Press

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Sanford, Fla., police Officer Timothy Smith holds up the gun that was used to kill Trayvon Martin, while testifying in the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla., on Friday.

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Mark O’Mara, George Zimmerman’s attorney, shows a photo of Zimmerman taken the night that Trayvon Martin was fatally shot, to physician’s assistant Lindzee Folgate during her testimony Friday in Sanford, Fla.

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"From what you could tell at that moment, that seemed completely true?" asked defense attorney Don West.

"Yes," Manalo said.

Smith, the police officer, testified that when he saw Zimmerman after the shooting, the neighborhood watch volunteer's backside was covered in grass and wetter than his front side, bolstering defense attorneys' contention that Martin was on top of Zimmerman.

As he walked to the squad car after he had been handcuffed, Zimmerman told the officer that "he was yelling for help and nobody would come help him," Smith said.

"It was almost a defeated ... a confused look on his face," Smith said.

Smith said Zimmerman described himself as "lightheaded" during the drive to Sanford Police Station but declined an offer to take him to a hospital.

The physician's assistant who treated Zimmerman the next day said that Zimmerman complained of feeling nauseated upon reflecting on what had happened. But Lindzee Folgate attributed that to psychological factors rather than any physical condition. She also said it appeared his nose was broken, but it was impossible to say for sure since no X-rays were taken. She recommended he see an ear-and-nose doctor and a psychologist.

When O'Mara asked if abrasions on his head were consistent with someone who had his head slammed into concrete, Folgate said, "It could be consistent, yes."

She also testified that Zimmerman had written on a form reciting his medical history that he was exercising three times a week by doing mixed martial arts, a statement that prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda asked her to repeat.

Paramedic Stacy Livingston, who responded to the shooting scene, testified Zimmerman had a swollen, bleeding nose and two cuts on the back of his head an inch long. When O'Mara asked if Zimmerman should have been concerned with his medical well-being because of his injuries, Livingston said, "Possibly."

When photos of Martin's body were shown on a courtroom projector during Livingston's testimony, Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, looked away and blinked back tears.

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George Zimmerman, left, sits with his defense lawyers, Don West, center, and Mark O'Mara, during the 15th day of his trial in Seminole Circuit Court in Sanford, Fla., Friday.

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State evidence photos, including various photos of George Zimmerman on the night of the Trayvon Martin shooting, are projected on a video screen in the courtroom during Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., on Friday.

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