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

(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.

George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom during a recess.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)
George Zimmerman, second from right, stands with his defense counsel from left, Mark O'Mara, Don West, and Lorna Truett, during his trial.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)
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