George Zimmerman returns to the Seminole County courthouse on July 1, 2013, where the prosecution begins the second week in his murder trial. Zimmerman faces second-degree murder charges for the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17. Zimmerman faces life in prison if convicted.
The trial began with opening statements by prosecutor John Guy and defense attorney Don West. Guy quoted several expletives made by Zimmerman during a 911 call where he profiled Trayvon Martin as a "suspicious, black male up to no knock-knock joke where he indicated the only reason the six females were selected for the jury was because they didn't know who Zimmerman was.
While the nation talked about the inappropriateness of the joke; West's daughter sent a photo of herself, sister and Don West eating ice cream with the comment, "We beat stupidity celebration cones." The comment caused outrage with many who felt the prosecutor's daughter was taking a shot at the prosecution's witness Rachel Jeantel.
On June 25, 2013, the jury saw for the first time Trayvon Martin death photos. The photos were shocking as they had been kept from the public before the trial. On Wed. June 26, 2013, the prosecution delivered testimony from those who witnessed or heard the altercation between Zimmerman and Martin; however, the final testimony of the day drew nationwide attention. From June 26, 2013 to June 27, 2013, Rachel Jeantel testified about her final phone call with Trayvon Martin. It is unknown how the jury will ultimately respond to Jeantel's testimony. Her testimony is pivotal as she claims that she heard George Zimmerman approach Trayvon Martin and begin the fight.
On Friday, June 28, 2013, the jury heard from Jonathan Good. Good was an eyewitness to the Zimmerman, Martin fight and stated he saw what appeared to be Zimmerman on the bottom and Martin on top, due to the color clothing he saw.
Court will not be in session on July 4, 2013, and this week the prosecution is expected to present forensic evidence in the trial.
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