Thursday, June 20, 2013

Watch George Zimmerman trial day 6, June 17, 2013 (videos, transcripts)

You may watch the full events from day 6 of the George Zimmerman trial, June 17, 2013, below. In addition to jury selection, there was also a Frye hearing held.


 

Jane Velez- Mitchell addressed the George Zimmerman trial on her show that evening. You can read the transcript below.


GEORGE ZIMMERMAN, ON TRIAL FOR DEATH OF TRAYVON MARTIN: That`s when I start screaming for help. I was screaming help (inaudible) and that`s when he grabbed me. I tried to sit up and that`s when he grabbed me by the head and tried to slam my head down.

(inaudible)

ZIMMERMAN: No, my body was on the ground. My head was on the cement.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: George Zimmerman in a second. But first, what`s next in the Jodi Arias trial. Attorney`s for Jodi Arias back in court this Thursday for a hearing in the case.

Last week, prosecutors announced they will pursue the death penalty again. But Jodi`s defense team quick to chime in and make their own request to have the trial delayed until 2014. Are you kidding me?

Thursday will be the first time lawyers for both sides will be in court since the mistrial was declared in the sentencing phase last month. So please stay here because we`re going to bring it all to you. A countdown to Thursday`s huge hearing. Will a judge agree to the delay until 2014 or could Jodi be on trial for her life as early as next month? This Thursday, and all the breaking news on Jodi Arias right here, 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

Keep it right there. We`re back in a second.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ZIMMERMAN: We`ve had some break-ins in my neighbor and there is a real suspicious guy.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He just said he should him dead. The person is dead, laying on the ground.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This case is different from I think any other case.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Sanford Police Department is conducting a fair investigation.

SYBRINA FULTON, MOTHER OF TRAYVON MARTIN: My son was not committing any crime.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They all know about the case.

ZIMMERMAN: I grabbed it and I just grabbed my firearm and I shot him.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Ok. This guy -- is he white, black or Hispanic?

ZIMMERMAN: He looks black.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did you see what he was wearing?

ZIMMERMAN: Yes. A dark hoodie like a gray hoodie.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Tonight, explosive moments in court in the George Zimmerman case. And this trial hasn`t even started officially. I mean it is in jury selection. The neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder for shooting an unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin. Will George Zimmerman beat a murder charge in one of the nation`s most anticipated trials?

It is week two of jury selection -- attorneys on both sides grilling potential jurors to try to seat a jury of six with four alternates. So far this -- no jurors seated. But there were fireworks in court today as a prospective juror gets out and flat out states, he had given money to George Zimmerman`s defense fund. The juror went head to head with the prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda. Watch this. It is pretty wild for jury selection.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

BERNIE DE LA RIONDA, PROSECUTOR: You don`t think the fact that you already spent money to his -- don`t you have kind of a stake in this already?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I can see where you`re coming from with that.

DE LA RIONDA: Let`s be perfectly honest.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes.

DE LA RIONDA: Wouldn`t you agree? Have you ever heard --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I object Mr. de la Rionda suggesting somehow that this juror hasn`t been honest.

DE LA RIONDA: You`ve got a stake in this. You`ve already contributed to his cause, correct?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Correct.

DE LA RIONDA: The trial. And you still think, even though you`ve already contributed to his defense, that you can sit there and just want everybody to disregard the fact that you`ve contributed to his defense?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I didn`t say that.

DE LA RIONDA: You think that`s being fair?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I didn`t say that. I said I could keep an open mind. I said I could keep an open mind.

DE LA RIONDA: What other things could affect your (inaudible) being impartial, please educate us.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Unbelievable. Straight out to Jean Casarez -- you were in court for that confrontation. Wow.

JEAN CASAREZ, HLN LEGAL CORRESPONDENT: Yes, wow. You better believe it was wow. You know this was a juror -- here`s what it stems from Jane. He wrote on his questionnaire, "Do you have an opinion". "No" was his answer. So then he starts talking and he says he has an opinion but he thought the questionnaire meant a conclusive opinion. And he had a conditional opinion and he could separate that out and he could be a fair juror. Although he is about 70 percent for George Zimmerman, 30 percent for Trayvon Martin, he said.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, let`s debate it with our expert panel. Will a stealth juror on who knows what side, manage to get on to this jury? Starting with Michelle Suskauer, criminal defense attorney out of West Palm Beach.

MICHELLE SUSKAUER, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Absolutely. That can happen. It is hard to get to the heart of a juror`s opinions. So certainly, that juror is absolutely excused for cause because he is clearly biased in favor of George Zimmerman. But absolutely if a juror doesn`t want to say it and if the right questions are not asked, then absolutely someone can come in with an agenda and that`s what`s so scary.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Rolonda Watts, host of "Sundays with Rolonda".

ROLONDA WATTS, HOST, "SUNDAYS WITH ROLONDA": I absolutely agree. This is where we`re going to see the incredible skills of attorneys. Because there are people -- let`s face it -- as grueling as this job may be, there are people who want to get on this jury. They have a hidden agenda, perhaps.

And it is up to these sharp attorneys, these sharks to come in here and be able to discern between people who are excellent for what this case represents from what America is and justice and people trying to get publicity.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Let me tell you something. There is another controversy involving another potential juror who was banned from the courthouse. Stay right there. We`ll explain on the other side.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

ZIMMERMAN: They said "Do you still want a police officer?" and I said yes. They said, "Are you following him?" I`m sorry. Back there, they said "Are you following him?" And I said "Yes" because I was, you know, in the area. And they said "We don`t need you to do that." I said "Ok." That`s when I walked straight through here to get the address so that I could tell the police officer.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Time for Pet of the Day. Send your pet pics to hlntv.com/jane. Cocoa, I want to have a hot cocoa with you. Oscar, Willow, Louis -- what a pack, a pack of fun. And Bullit -- he says I`m always racing around, I love the grass. I love the park. Ben Affleck, oh my gosh, you`re a superstar.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: George Zimmerman should go home.

DE LA RIONDA: In other words you believe he`s innocent?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I do.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Mr. Zimmerman has certainly confessed to shooting Trayvon. It`s more of really weeding out the facts now.

DE LA RIONDA: You have formed an opinion. What was it?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Guilty.

DE LA RIONDA: That he`s -- what?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Guilty.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: A potential juror was dismissed over a controversial Facebook post and he was kicked out and escorted to his car because he came back to the courthouse after being dismissed. He bashed the Sanford Police on a Facebook page in support of Trayvon Martin.

The man posted, quote, "In Sanford and I can tell you this. Justice is coming. I only hope the feds go farther than just this case in investigating this police force. The Seminole County justice system needs an enema and they just might get one."

Oh my gosh, let`s debate this. It seems like this courtroom and jury selection has become a magnet for stealth jurors, Patti Wood.

PATTI WOOD, BODY LANGUAGE EXPERT: Absolutely and it concerns me. The research on your Internet presence, the anonymity you feel and the power that you feel when you`re anonymous. And the fact that he took that and then in the courthouse actually pitched a fit -- that concerns me -- that energy, his transferring to that whole potential jury pool.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: But everybody comes to anything with opinions even if they tell themselves they don`t have opinions, Michelle Suskauer, they got them.

SUSKAUER: Of course. Everyone does and it`s just a question of trying to unravel this particular person as to whether or not they`re the right juror for this case and it`s hard. But you know there are some really good lawyers in this case and they are going to ask those tough questions and they`re going to be going on social media and interviewing and looking at the juror`s backgrounds as well.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well so far zero jurors selected. Is it a problem? On the other side.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: In case anyone has forgotten, Rolonda Watts, why is this case so heated?

WATTS: Well, this case is so heated because it just taps into the fabric of this nation, the conversation, the hidden conversation that we have and we don`t have but one we must continue to debate to make this nation better. It deals with can we trust our justice system and how do we deal with racial profiling? How do we deal with issues about race in this nation?

This is something that will continue and continue until we sit down and have the great debate. It is what we divides our nation and it is these conversations as gross as they are to have, it is this type of conversation that we must have for our country.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Got to leave it right there. Thank you Ro.

Nancy next.
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