George Zimmerman on Trial–July 5 Recap

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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.

On July 3, a Judge heard about a criminal justice course Zimmerman took in college.

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

Also, see the entire case in photos.

2:20 pm (ET) - Daniel He

NEW PHOTO: Volusia and Seminole County associate medical examiner Shiping Bao MD stands while testifying during George Zimmerman’s trial in Seminole circuit court , Friday, July 5, 2013 in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

Shiping Bao

1:17 pm (ET) - Daniel He

NEW PHOTO: George Zimmerman, right, greets his attorneys, Mark O’Mara, left, and Don West, during his trial in Seminole circuit court, Friday, July 5, 2013 in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

George Zimmerman, Mark O'Mara, Don West

11:31 am (ET) - Daniel He

NEW PHOTO: Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, walks past the defense table after taking the stand during the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole circuit court, July 5, 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 Gary W. Green-Pool/Getty Images)

George Zimmerman Trial Continues

11:08 am (ET) - Daniel He

NEW PHOTO: Trayvon Martin’s brother Jahvaris Fulton takes the stand during George Zimmerman’s trial in Seminole County circuit court, Friday, July 5, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

Jahvaris Fulton

10:57 am (ET) - Daniel He

SANFORD, Fla.—The doctor who performed the autopsy on Trayvon Martin testified that the 17-year-old teen was in pain and suffered after he was shot by George Zimmerman.

Defense attorneys on Friday objected when associate medical examiner Shiping Bao described Martin’s condition after being shot.

Judge Debra Nelson sustained the objection, and Bao was directed away from that line of questioning.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting Martin. He is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense.

Bao’s testimony followed Martin’s mother and brother testifying they believed cries for help on a 911 call are those of Martin.

10:40 am (ET) - Daniel He

NEW PHOTO: Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, takes the stand during George Zimmerman’s trial in Seminole County circuit court, Friday, July 5, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

Sybrina Fulton

9:33 am (ET) - Daniel He

SANFORD, Fla.—Under cross-examination, defense attorney Mark O’Mara suggested that Sybrina Fulton may have been influenced by others who listened to the 911 call, including relatives and her former husband.

O’Mara also asked Fulton hypothetically whether she would have to accept it was Zimmerman yelling for help if the screams did not come from her son. He also asked if she hoped Martin didn’t do anything that led to his death.

“I heard my son screaming,” Fulton said. “I would hope for this to never have happened and he would still be here.”

Jahvaris Fulton, Martin’s brother, also testified the screaming voice was that of Martin.

But O’Mara asked him why last year he had told a reporter that he wasn’t sure if the voice belonged to Martin. Jahvaris Fulton, in explaining his comment to the reporter, told O’Mara he was “shocked” when he heard it.

“I didn’t want to believe it was him,” Jahvaris Fulton said.

Before testifying, Sybrina Fulton posted on Twitter “I pray that God gives me the strength to properly represent my Angel Trayvon.”

9:22 am (ET) - Daniel He

SANFORD, Fla.—The mother of Trayvon Martin has testified that screams for help captured on audio of a 911 call came from her 17-year-old son.

Sybrina Fulton took the witness stand Friday morning during the trial of George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murder in Martin’s shooting death. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty and says he shot the teen in self-defense during a fight.

After the audio was played, prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda asked Fulton, “Who do you recognize that to be?” She replied, “Trayvon Benjamin Martin.”

Identifying the screams on the 911 call could be critical to the case because it may help determine who was the aggressor during the scuffle between Zimmerman and Martin.


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  • lynze

    Zimmerman’ claims self defense, yet he stalked this youth because the kid was walking at night. The 911operator told him not to follow but he did anyway. Trey Von may have confronted the person stalking him but in Florida you can stand your ground. You don’t
    have to retreat when being stalked.
    Who sounds like he was looking for trouble, the man with a gun in his hand on crime watch or the kid in a hoodie with a pocket full of skittles?

    • http://www.drudgereport.com/ Strangelove

      There’s no indication that he did follow him. What’s more, the 911 operator made a suggestion and not an order that he was bound to follow.

      “Who sounds like he was looking for trouble,”

      After several robberies and home invasions in the neighborhood, prompting a neighborhood watch in the first place, Trayvon. And let’s not forget the sweet prince was high on weed. Add to that a history of fighting and attacking a bus driver, and it seems that he was more inclined toward “trouble”.

      • lynze

        “After several robberies and home invasions in the neighborhood”where the boy lived you and Mr. Z both decide the boy is guilty without evidence or trial. Mr z not only ignored the operator’s suggestions,he ignored the crime watch policy. The indication that he followed Treyvon is that treyvon is dead from a gunshot fired by Mr. Z. The fact that Trey Von had a history of fighting goes to proves he was standing his ground , he just didn’tknow he was in a gunfight. Weed does not cause aggression. Studies prove it has the opposite effect. He was probably too mellow to kick his stalker’s butt which is why he’s dead instead of in jail for assault on Mr z.

        • yeahwhatever

          If someone is following you would you not turn around and ask them “WHAT?” Would you really go hide somewhere and then assault them when they approached? I mean, really… you’d just attack a random person following you? What if the man following him were an undercover cop? He would’ve just attacked an officer? Zimmerman shouldn’t have followed him, but the kid certainly shouldn’t have attacked a stranger. If for ANY reason at ALL; because he had no way of knowing if the man was armed or not. It is unfortunate the kid isn’t alive to simply learn the lesson, but, some mistakes are fatal.

  • JoAnna

    Zimmerman should not even be on trail. The ONLY reason he is the boy was “BLACK” and every black person thinks they r something special just because of there color. Give it up


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