Zimmerman Won't Testify; Defense Rests
Jury could have case in a matter of days
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2013 3:10 PM CDT
George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom during a recess.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

(Newser) – The George Zimmerman jury won't hear from Zimmerman himself. The defendant told the judge in his murder trial today that he had decided not to take the stand, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Afterward, his defense team rested its case, which means the jury could begin deliberations by the end of the week. First comes rebuttal witnesses called by prosecutors, then closing arguments from both sides, reports AP.

For its final witness, the defense called Zimmerman's father, Robert, who testified that it was his son's voice screaming for help in the background of a 911 call, reports CNN. Zimmerman's mother earlier said the same thing, in contrast to the testimony of Trayvon Martin's mother and bother, who believe it was Trayvon screaming. The defense also called a neighborhood resident who recounted a home invasion at her house and said she was grateful for Zimmerman's presence afterward.

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Jul 11, 2013 8:06 AM CDT
Judicial Watch, Inc. on April 24, 2012 launched an investigation into the Trayvon Martin case based on reports that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) had sent a secret team of “peacekeepers” to Sanflord, Florida, where Martin was shot on February 26, 2012 after wandering in a gated community after dark. George Zimmerman, a resident of the community and its neighborhood watch captain, is currently on trial for Martin’s death though he maintains he acted in self-defense. Records obtained by Judicial Watch in response to local, state and federal public records requests show that the so-called peacekeepers are part of a large and growing division within DOJ called the Community Relations Service (CRS). Though CRS purports to spot and quell racial tensions nationwide before they arise, the documents obtained by Judicial Watch show the group actively worked to foment unrest, spending thousands of taxpayer dollars on travel and hotel rooms to train protestors throughout Florida. The peacekeepers also met with officials of the Republican National Convention, scheduled for several months later in Tampa, to warn them to expect protests in connection with Martin’s death.
Jul 11, 2013 3:55 AM CDT
I am extremely sorry for this entire case and why it is taking place. I have no real opinion of who was at fault because I was not there personally. At any rate, the entire situation is a tragedy. On another note, I am really tired of reading articles with misspelled words and words left out. This is by no means the only publication that does this. It seems to me when you put something in print and sign your name to it, you would want to make sure it is GOOD work.
Jul 11, 2013 12:09 AM CDT
No one in their right mind would take the stand in this case, especially in this "Star Chamber" they are calling a trial. It's strictly a political-media circus to make the favored ethnic gang happy.