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
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)

(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.

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Jul 14, 2013 7:17 AM CDT
George watched Travon because he matched the description of someone who was burglarizing people in his community. George was advised by 911 he did not have to follow Travon. He was not ordered not to. He lost Travon, who was hiding, and was going back to his car when Travon attacked him. Travon could have asked George why he was following him. Travon could have told George his father lived nearby. No, Travon, the tall, thug, fighter, burglar, druggie attacked George and was bashing his head into the concrete, when George shot him. There are pictures the jury could not see with Travon and his stolen jewelry on his bed. Texts to Travon from his friends asking about about his fighting. Travon was suspended from school because of the stolen items found in his locker. Travon was looking to buy a gun. George had a right to watch Travon, and a right to defend himself when attacked by a YOUNG MAN, almost a half foot taller than he was, and younger than he was. Travon was always looking for trouble, and trouble eventually found him. The legal system got it right, despite the judge disallowing legitimate evidence supporting George, His parents and supporters can ignore the truth, but the jury could not. YAY!!!
Jul 13, 2013 10:52 PM CDT
The Martins will get lots of donations from many sources and have a choice whether to accept the aid or waste it all on a civil suit. That is a good thing. It's not like they are fighting an open and shut case though, like the vicious murderer O.J. Simpson.Zimmerman will have to go to work for a Rent-To-Own furniture company as a repossessor, or Kentucky Fried Chicken just to pay his lawyer, so that won't be good for him. He never will be able to pay unless the Hispanic population coughs up some of that massive cash stash they have hidden in their floorboards to help him out.Zimmerman's days are numbered.Good grief: Now I'm starting to feel sorry for the guy.
Jul 13, 2013 7:50 PM CDT
I just want to advise "white" Americans that if you have any relatives that live in projects with predominantly black neighbors, please get them out before the jury comes out for the verdict to be read. Go elsewhere and wait for a day or two, maybe longer, depending on the reaction in their neighborhoods to assess the situation before returning them to their homes. Aid the elderly, and if something looks suspicious while returning them to their homes call the police, or if you are licensed to carry, please be prepared. This could get ugly if Zimmerman is NOT convicted.