Thursday, June 27, 2013

Watch George Zimmerman trial June 27, 2013 (videos)

On June 27, 2013, George Zimmerman returned to the Seminole County court where his second-degree murder trial entered its fourth day. Zimmerman faces life in prison for the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. First to testify was Rachel Jeantel, who continued her testimony from the previous day. Court began at approximately 9 am, with Jeantel concluding testimony at nearly 2:30 pm.

Following Jeantel's grueling testimony was Raymond MacDonald. Prosecutor Richard Mantei questioned MacDonald regarding phone records that documented calls between Jeantel and Trayvon the night Zimmerman killed him. Jeantel's testimony provided vital information for the jury to consider as she testified
overhearing Zimmerman approach Martin and Martin asking him "What you following me for?" and then saying to Zimmerman "Get off, Get off." MacDonald provided information that showed Martin received a call at 7:16:24 that immediately went to voice mail. This coincides with Jeantel's testimony that after Zimmerman approached Martin, they lost connection and he never answered his phone again.

Next called to the stand was Jenna Lauer. Lauer testified about calling 911 on the night of Feb. 26, 2012, and said the two men were struggling outside her door. The 911 call was played in court. Things took a turn when it was discovered that Lauer follows George Zimmerman's brother Robert on Twitter. She seemed to be unaware that she followed him; however, she was excused but is available for recall.

The final witness for the day was Selma Mora. Speaking through an interpreter, Mora tells what she observed the night of Feb. 26, 2012. She also looked on the scene after Trayvon Martin had been shot and killed and asked what was going on. She said that Zimmerman yelled to call the cops. After Mora's testimony, Mark O'Mara held a press conference, followed by a conference led by Daryl Parks.



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