The biggest news from yesterday afternoon is the judge’s ruling that allows the defense to present toxicology reports that show Trayvon Martin had trace amounts of marijuana in his system when he died.
It is expected that the defense will argue that that drug influenced his behavior. Don West noted in his argument to the judge, that Mr. Zimmerman observed that the person he was following and ultimately killed appeared to be “on drugs.”
Jurors also heard from Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father. He was called by the defense and questioned about his initial statement to the police. He told the police that he did not recognize the screams for help on the 911 tape as being his son’s voice.
After listening to the tape about 20 times, he came to recognize the screams for help as being Trayvon Martin’s voice.
Mr. Martin said that Trayvon was his “best friend in life” and that his death turned his world “upside down.”
Adam Pollock, who owned the kickboxing gym where Mr. Zimmerman trained prior to the shooting, was called by the defense to bolster the idea that Trayvon Martin was overpowering Mr. Zimmerman during the fight.
He contended that although Mr. Zimmerman had been training for approximately one year in the gym, he was, “physically soft,” “grossly obese” and not very athletic. He was asked to rate his athletic ability on a scale of one to 10. Pollock thought he ranked at a “point-five.”
Calling Mr. Pollock as a witness might have been a determent to Mr. Zimmerman. His testimony establishes that Mr. Zimmerman was heavily involved in martial arts related training for at least a year. Each training session last two hours, several days a week. The training was intense. At the time of the killing, Pollack admitted under cross-examination that Mr. Zimmerman had lost 80 pounds and had a body mass index as low as 16 percent. While Mr. Zimmerman might not have been ready for the ring, compared to the average “man on the street” he was in excellent physical condition at the time of the shooting.
If Mr. Zimmerman is convicted of second degree murder, he faces life in prison.