George Zimmerman on Trial–July 9 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.

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

On July 5, prosecutors said that Zimmerman wanted to “hunt fugitives.”

Recently, 911 calls are gaining importance in the trial.

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

Also, see the entire case in photos.

8:25 pm (ET) – Daniel He

NEW PHOTO: An image is projected during testimony by forensics animation expert Daniel Shoemaker, in the courtroom in a hearing after the 21st day of the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole circuit court, July 9, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)

 6:12 pm (ET) – Daniel He

Forensics animation expert Daniel Shumaker testifies in a hearing after the 21st day of the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole circuit court, July 9, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)

5:19 pm (ET) – Daniel He

NEW PHOTO: Defense witness Eloise Dilligard is sworn-in for testimony via teleconference in the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole circuit court, July 9, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)

4:23 pm (ET) – Daniel He

NEW PHOTO: George Zimmerman looks up at a projection screen as defense counsel Don West talks to an assistant during his trial in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Fla., Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen, in 2012. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

3:27 pm (ET) – Daniel He

NEW PHOTO: Defense counsel Don West holds the Arizona tea can that Trayvon Martin was carrying the night he was shot during testimony in the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Fla., Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen, in 2012. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

 

3:03 pm (ET) – Daniel He

NEW PHOTO: Defense counsel Mark O’Mara and an assistant carry Trayvon Martin’s hooded sweatshirt in the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Fla., Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen, in 2012. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

2:29 pm (ET) – Daniel He

SANFORD, Fla.—An expert on gunshot wounds hired by the defense testified Tuesday thatGeorge Zimmerman’s account of how he fatally shot Trayvon Martin is consistent with the forensic evidence.

Dr. Vincent Di Maio said that the trajectory of the bullet and gun powder on Martin’s body supportZimmerman’s version that Martin was on top of him when Zimmerman fired his gun into Martin’s chest. The gun’s muzzle was against Martin’s clothing and it was anywhere from two to four inches from Martin’s skin, he said.

“This is consistent with Mr. Zimmerman’s account that Mr. Martin was over him, leaning forward at the time he was shot,” said Di Maio, the former chief medical examiner in San Antonio.

The pathologist also said it was likely Martin was conscious for 10 to 15 seconds after the shooting as a reserve supply of oxygen ran out of his body, and during that time it was possible for him to have moved his arms. Zimmerman’s account that he had placed Martin’s arms out to his sides after the shooting contradicts a photo taken after the shooting that shows Martin’s arms under his body. Defense attorneys contend Martin moved his arms.

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12:24 pm (ET) – Daniel He

NEW PHOTO: Defense counsel Mark O’Mara (far right) addresses forensics animation expert Daniel Shumaker as he testifies, with Assistant State Attorney Richard Mantei (far left) and Judge Debra Nelson looking on in the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole circuit court, July 9, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)

12:17 pm (ET) – Daniel He

SANFORD, Fla.—A pathologist hired by the defense says George Zimmerman’s account of how he fatally shot Trayvon Martin is consistent with the forensic evidence.

Dr. Vincent Di Maio testified Tuesday that the trajectory of the bullet and gun powder on Martin’s body supportZimmerman’s version that Martin was on top of him when Zimmerman fired his gun into Martin’s chest.

Di Maio says the gun’s muzzle was against Martin’s clothing and anywhere from two to four inches from Martin’s skin.

Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder. He says he shot Martin in self-defense.

2:21 pm (ET) - Daniel He

SANFORD, Fla.—An expert on gunshot wounds hired by the defense testified Tuesday thatGeorge Zimmerman’s account of how he fatally shot Trayvon Martin is consistent with the forensic evidence.

Dr. Vincent Di Maio said that the trajectory of the bullet and gun powder on Martin’s body supportZimmerman’s version that Martin was on top of him when Zimmerman fired his gun into Martin’s chest. The gun’s muzzle was against Martin’s clothing and it was anywhere from two to four inches from Martin’s skin, he said.

“This is consistent with Mr. Zimmerman’s account that Mr. Martin was over him, leaning forward at the time he was shot,” said Di Maio, the former chief medical examiner in San Antonio.

The pathologist also said it was likely Martin was conscious for 10 to 15 seconds after the shooting as a reserve supply of oxygen ran out of his body, and during that time it was possible for him to have moved his arms. Zimmerman’s account that he had placed Martin’s arms out to his sides after the shooting contradicts a photo taken after the shooting that shows Martin’s arms under his body. Defense attorneys contend Martin moved his arms.

Read the rest of the story here

10:30 am (ET) - Daniel He

NEW PHOTO: The parents of Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, arrive in the courtroom for the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole circuit court, July 9, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)

Third Week Of George Zimmerman Trial Continues

10:21 am (ET) - Daniel He

NEW PHOTO: Forensics animation expert Daniel Schumaker arrives to testify in a hearing before the start of the George Zimmerman trial on the 21st day in Seminole circuit court, July 9, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)

Third Week Of George Zimmerman Trial Continues

9:58 am (ET) - Daniel He

NEW PHOTO: George Zimmerman (R) arrives in the courtroom for the 21st day of his trial with defense counsel Don West in Seminole circuit court, July 9, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)

Third Week Of George Zimmerman Trial Continues

9:52 am (ET) - Daniel He

NEW PHOTO: George Zimmerman arrives in the courtroom for the 21st day of his trial in Seminole circuit court, July 9, 2013 in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)

Third Week Of George Zimmerman Trial Continues

9:30 am (ET) - Daniel He

SANFORD, Fla.—A central Florida judge is considering whether to allow defense attorneys to use an animated depiction of the fatal struggle between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman at Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial.

Judge Debra Nelson was holding an evidence hearing Tuesday on the piece of animation commissioned by defense attorneys.

Prosecutors object to the animation, saying it isn’t an accurate depiction.

Defense attorneys have called the man who created the animation to testify.

Zimmerman is pleading not guilty. The former neighborhood watch volunteer claims he shot Martin in self-defense.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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