Zimmerman Defense Rests; Case Heads to Jury

Defense says notion Trayvon was 'unarmed' is 'disgusting'

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 12, 2013 1:22 PM CDT

(Newser) – The defense has rested in George Zimmerman's trial, reports the Miami Herald, with attorney Mark O'Mara denouncing prosecutors' depiction of an "unarmed" Trayvon Martin as "disgusting." Slamming a chunk of concrete down, O'Mara said, “That’s a sidewalk. That is not an unarmed teenager with nothing but Skittles, trying to get home.” O'Mara told jurors he'd proven his client's "pure, unadulterated innocence," adds the AP, and accused the prosecution of building a case based on "could've beens" and "maybes." Prosecutor John Guy, in his rebuttal, accused Zimmerman of telling "so many lies." Zimmerman, he said, "didn't shoot Trayvon Martin because he had to, he shot him because he wanted to." Elsewhere in today's developments:

  • The jury will soon get instructions from the judge and likely begin deliberations today. The six women must base their verdict on more than 50 witnesses, many of whom offered up conflicting testimony.
  • Gawker is running a picture of Trayvon's body at the scene. The picture, which shows a thin teenager in skinny jeans, was shown in court yesterday and accidentally aired on MSNBC. It is graphic and disturbing. It is here.
  • Zimmerman's team held up that same photo again today during closing arguments, adds ABC, prompting Trayvon's mom to leave the courtroom.
  • As Florida awaits a verdict, police are taking precautionary measures in case mass protests erupt.

George Zimmerman wipes his face after arriving in the courtroom during his trial in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013.
George Zimmerman wipes his face after arriving in the courtroom during his trial in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)
George Zimmerman wipes his face after arriving in court with attorney Don West, right, during his trial in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013.
George Zimmerman wipes his face after arriving in court with attorney Don West, right, during his trial in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)
Trayvon Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, watch defense closing arguments during the trial of George Zimmerman, in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013.
Trayvon Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, watch defense closing arguments during the trial of George Zimmerman, in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)
Defense counsel Mark O'Mara holds up a photo of George Zimmerman from the night of the Trayvon Martin shooting, in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013.
Defense counsel Mark O'Mara holds up a photo of George Zimmerman from the night of the Trayvon Martin shooting, in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)
George Zimmerman wipes his face after arriving in the courtroom for  his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013.
George Zimmerman wipes his face after arriving in the courtroom for his trial at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center, in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)
George Zimmerman arrives in court for his trial, in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013.
George Zimmerman arrives in court for his trial, in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)
George Zimmerman stands with defense counsel Mark O'Mara during closing arguments in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013.
George Zimmerman stands with defense counsel Mark O'Mara during closing arguments in Sanford, Fla., Friday, July 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)
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