Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, testified briefly July 5th to verify that the screams for help on the 911 tape were her son’s.
When asked by the prosecutor “Who do you recognize that to be?” She replied, “Trayvon Benjamin Martin.”
Trayvon Martin’s brother, Jahvaris Fulton, acknowledged that when he first heard the screams for help on the 911 tape, he was not certain that it was his brother. He testified that when he first heard the tape, he was “clouded by shock and sadness in denial.”
The Medical Examiner
The medical examiner, Dr. Bao, testified on direct that Trayvon Martin was 5’11″ and weighed 158 pounds at autopsy.
Dr. Bao also testified that Trayvon Martin was still alive after being shot. It is his opinion that he suffered and was in pain.
Dr. Bao told the jury that Trayvon Martin was alive for one to 10 minutes after he was shot. By that he meant that his brain was still alive and he was conscious but his body was unable to move.
Dr. Bao had “no opinion” on the position of Trayvon Martin’s body at the time of the shooting. He thought that the bullet trajectory was “straight into the heart.”
Dr. Bao explained to the jury that a laceration found on Trayvon Martin’s hand could have happened two hours before the shooting, during the shooting or even after he fell to the ground.
On cross-examination later in the day, Dr. Bao testified that Trayvon Martin may have been able to move after being shot but he is not sure how much and for how long. Dr. Bao had previously believed that Trayvon Martin had lived for one to three minutes but he later changed his opinion to one to 10 minutes based on a case he reviewed three weeks ago. The case involved a young boy who was shot in his heart by his father and who lived for 10 minutes after the shooting. It was determined that the young boy was in pain and suffered before he died.
Testimony Before The Holiday Break
Before the July 4th holiday break, the jury heard about George Zimmerman’s criminal justice course work from two of his former professors.
Mr. Zimmerman had taken an online course called Criminal Investigations. Professor Scott Pleasants testified via Skype that much of the coursework for the class involved online discussions with the professor and other students. He testified that Mr. Zimmerman had aspirations to become a prosecutor.
According to Professor Alexis Carter, who testified in-person, Mr. Zimmerman was one of his better students. He earned an “A” in a 2011 criminal litigation course, which covered elements of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.
Mr. Zimmerman had previously stated that he had never heard of the “Stand Your Ground” law until after the shooting.
The jury also heard about Mr. Zimmerman’s interest in police work. A witness testified that Mr. Zimmerman applied for a job with the Prince William County, Virginia Police Department in 2009. Lieut. Scott Kerns testified that Mr. Zimmerman’s application was rejected because of poor financial credit.
Testimony was also heard from DNA expert Anthony Gorgone. Mr. Gorgone told the court that Martin’s DNA was not found on George Zimmerman’s gun or holster. George Zimmerman’s DNA was not found under Trayvon Martin’s fingernails.
A law enforcement analyst testified that the tearing and residue found on Trayvon Martin’s clothing indicated that the gun was directly against his body when it was fired.
Prosecutors have charged George Zimmerman with second-degree murder.