Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Watch George Zimmerman trial day 11, July 9, 2013 (videos)

On July 9, 2013, George Zimmerman returned to the Seminole County courthouse for the 11th day of his second-degree murder trial. Zimmerman faces life in prison if convicted of the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting death of unarmed, black teenager Trayvon Martin. The state has argued that Zimmerman profiled then followed
Trayvon out of ill will then unnecessarily shot and killed him. The defense argues that Zimmerman was out of his vehicle looking for an address when Trayvon lept out of bushes at him. A scuffle ensued and Zimmerman shot and killed the teen in self-defense.

There were three witnesses who testified for the defense. They are Dr. Vincent Di Maio who is a renowned expert on gunshot wounds, Sanford's city manager Norton Bonaparte. Bonaparte invited the Martin family to listen to the 911 call. The defense pointed out that law enforcement officials were not present when they listened to the tape and ultimately came to the conclusion that it was Trayvon Martin's voice calling for help.

The final witness was Eloise Dilligard who used to live near Zimmerman. She testified remotely and stated that on Feb. 26, 2012, she identified Zimmerman and described him as looking "severely injured."

After the jurors were released, Judge Nelson held a hearing to determine whether Trayvon Martin's past text messages could be introduced by the defense. The text messages pertained to fighting.

Judge Nelson left the courtroom without issuing a ruling.

You may watch the full video from the George Zimmerman trial, day 11, July 9, 2012 below.

 

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