The prosecution rested its case on Friday with the medical examiner. Many legal analysts believe that the state does not have a strong case against Mr. Zimmerman.
Upon the state’s resting, the defense argued for Mr. Zimmerman’s acquittal. Mark O’Mara told the judge that “…we know who had the injuries, we know who didn’t. It was a sad tragic affair but Trayvon Martin did in fact cause his own death. ”
Since when is a gunshot to the heart, causing death, not an injury?
Judge Debra Nelson denied the motion for acquittal.
So far, Mr. Zimmerman’s friends and relatives took the stand to testify that it was his voice on the 911 call screaming for help. On Friday Mr. Zimmerman’s mother and uncle told the jury that they knew it was his voice on the tape. His mother knew it was her son because “he is my son.”
His uncle testified that when he first heard the screams coming from the television, he could tell immediately that they were of his nephew.
Sondra Osterman, wife of Mark Osterman who is Mr. Zimmerman’s best friend and who wrote a book supporting Mr. Zimmerman’s innocence, testified that it was “definitely…Georgie” who was screaming for help on the 911 call.
She said she just “knew” it was Mr. Zimmerman and “felt it,” especially after seeing his wife’s reaction to the tape.
When cross-examined, the prosecutor said that Sondra and her husband were biased because they have a stake in the trial after having written a book about the case. The proceeds of the book are being donated to their friend, Mr. Zimmerman.
The defense wants to show an animated re-enactment video of the shooting incident. Prosecutors argue that the video relies upon witness statements to the police that have since changed. The state also says the video relies upon the animator’s approximations of what is speculated to have happened during the fight.
The video also shows Trayvon Martin as being left-handed when his mother testified that he is right-handed. Prosecutors believe that the animation is not “complete or accurate” and could do “irreparable harm” to their case.
Judge Debra Nelson has not yet ruled on whether the video will be shown to the jury.