George Zimmerman on Trial–July 3 Recap


The trial for George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida, continues on for the second week. Zimmerman is on trial over the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager who was walking back from a convenience store when shot by Zimmerman. 

The shooting, which happened on a rainy night in February 2012, was in self-defense, says Zimmerman. He has been charged with second-degree murder.

 

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Here’s what’s been happening: 

On June 27, Martin’s friend continued testifying. Prosecutors asserted her testimony was inconsistent.

On July 1, an FBI audio expert testifies.

 We’ll post periodic updates today, and follow along with the live stream.

Also, see the entire case in photos.

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NEW PHOTO: Assistant state attorney Bernie de la Rionda shows DNA samples to the jury while questioning Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Lab Analyst Anthony Gorgone during the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole circuit court, July 3, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Jacob Langston-Pool/Getty Images)

George Zimmerman Trial Continues

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NEW PHOTO: A projection of Trayvon Martin’s sweater that he was wearing under his hooded sweatshirt is displayed as evidence during the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole circuit court, July 3, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Jacob Langston-Pool/Getty Images)

George Zimmerman Trial Continues

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NEW PHOTO: Firearms analyst Amy Siewert from Florida Department of Law Enforcement talks to the jury while pointing to the hooded sweatshirt worn by Trayvon Martin the night he was shot during the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole circuit court, July 3, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Jacob Langston-Pool/Getty Images)

George Zimmerman Trial Continues

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NEW PHOTO: Assistant state attorney John Guy, left, and Assistant state attorney Bernie de la Rionda, right, display the sweatshirt worn under the hooded sweatshirt worn by Trayvon Martin the night he was shot during the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole circuit court, July 3, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Jacob Langston-Pool/Getty Images)

George Zimmerman Trial Continues

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NEW PHOTO: Defense attorney Mark O’Mara, left, speaks to the judge while defense attorney Don West and George Zimmerman, right, listen during Zimmerman’s trial in Seminole County circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen, in 2012. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Jacob Langston, Pool)

Mark O'Meara, Don West, George Zimmerman

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NEW PHOTO: Capt. Alexis Carter, left, looks at a document shown by Assistant State Attorney Richard Mantei during the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole County circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen, in 2012. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Jacob Langston, Pool)

Alexis Carter, Richard Mantei

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NEW PHOTO: George Zimmerman enters the courtroom after a morning recess during his trial in Seminole circuit court, July 3, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Jacob Langston-Pool/Getty Images)

George Zimmerman Trial Continues

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NEW PHOTO: George Zimmerman, left, and Defense attorney Mark O’Mara chat during an early morning recess in Zimmerman’s trial in Seminole circuit court, July 3, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Jacob Langston-Pool/Getty Images)

George Zimmerman Trial Continues

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Under cross-examination, Carter explained that a person can make a self-defense argument if the person has a “reasonable apprehension” of death or great bodily harm.

“It’s imminent fear. The fact alone that there isn’t an injury doesn’t necessarily mean that the person didn’t have a reasonable apprehension or fear,” Carter said. “The fact that there are injuries might support there was reasonable apprehension and fear.”

Carter also explained the concept of “imperfect self-defense,” when a person is being threatened but then counters with a force disproportionately greater than the force used against them.

“They would have the right to defend themselves?” said defense attorney Don West.

“Right,” Carter said.

Judge Debra Nelson also ruled Wednesday that prosecutors can show the jury Zimmerman’s job application to a police agency in 2009 and his application to ride around with Sanford police in 2010.

Lt. Scott Kearns of the Prince William County Police Department in Virginia testified that Zimmerman wasn’t initially hired because of a less-than-stellar credit history.

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NEW PHOTO: Defense attorney Mark O’Mara, left, and George Zimmerman shake hands at the start of of Zimmerman’s trial in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Zimmerman is charged with 2nd-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen, in 2012. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Jacob Langston, Pool)

Mark O'Meara, George Zimmerman

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NEW PHOTO: Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton, left, and Tracy Martin, are seated at the start of George Zimmerman’s trial in Seminole County circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of their son in 2012. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Jacob Langston, Pool)

Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin

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In this undated photo posted on Instagram, defense attorney Don West, right, eats ice cream with his daughters. Prosecutors have asked a judge in the George Zimmerman trial to conduct an inquiry into the Instagram photo, but the lawyer said Tuesday, July 2, 2013, that it was unrelated to testimony in the case. Prosecutors claimed in their motion the photo was posted after defense attorney West’s tense cross-examination with prosecution witness Rachel Jeantel a week earlier. (AP Photo)

Neighborhood Watch-Ice Cream Photo

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Jacksonville medical examiner Valerie Rao looks at photos as she testifies for the state in the trial of George Zimmerman in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

Valeria Rao

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SANFORD, Fla.—Attorneys in the George Zimmerman trial are arguing over whether to allow evidence about a college criminal justice course taken by the neighborhood watch volunteer.

The course included work regarding Florida’s self-defense law.

The hearing is taking place outside the presence of jurors Wednesday morning.

Defense attorney Mark O’Mara says the coursework is not relevant to the case and called the prosecution’s effort to introduce it as “a witch hunt.”

Prosecutors say the school records show that 29-year-old Zimmerman had knowledge of the law, though he maintained in an interview with Fox News last year that he didn’t. Jurors heard that interview on Tuesday.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year. Martin was unarmed.

9:15 am (ET) - Daniel He

SANFORD, Fla.—The judge in the George Zimmerman murder trial will hear arguments from attorneys about whether to allow evidence about a college criminal justice course he took that included course work on Florida’s self-defense law.

Judge Debra Nelson is hearing the arguments from attorneys Wednesday morning outside the jury’s presence.

The prosecution said the school records will show that Zimmerman had knowledge of the law, though the neighborhood watch volunteer maintained in an interview with Fox News last year that he didn’t. The interview was played for the jury Tuesday.

Prosecutors also are seeking to introduce a job application Zimmerman made to a police agency in Virginia in 2009 and an application to ride around with Sanford police officers in 2010.

Defense attorneys believe the items are irrelevant and will be asking the judge to disallow them. He referred to the prosecution’s efforts to introduce them as “a witch hunt.”

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