George Zimmerman Trial Live Stream: Watch Second Week Of Trayvon Martin Murder Case In Sanford, Fla. Courtroom [VIDEO & UPDATE 7.2.2013]
UPDATE 7.2.2013: The Trayvon Martin murder trial is in its second week of witness testimony and attorney discourse. On Monday, July 1, Detective Chris Serino took the stand. The detective, who was the lead investigator in Zimerman's fatal shooting of Martin, told the court that George Zimmerman's account of the events of Feb. 26, 2012 changed a bit over the course of interviews with detectives. However, Serino also said that the differences in Zimmerman's statement were not significant.
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"Most people don't tell you the same story the exact same way two times," Officer Doris Singleton, who assisted Serino in investigating the shooting, testified.
The prosecution questioned the detectives about variations in Zimmerman's accounts, one of them being Zimmerman's description of what Martin said to him when he first approached the teen.
Zimmerman initially told Officer Singleton: "[Martin] jumped out from the bushes. He said, 'What the f---'s your problem, homie?'"
In an interview later on, Zimmerman said the 17-year-old's first question was, "You got a problem?"
Serino did mention that, upon seeing Zimmerman's injuries for the first time following the deadly encounter with Martin, he thought the wounds didn't reflect Zimmerman's version of events, specifically that the teen punched him 25 to 30 times and slammed his head against the concrete over and over again.
The jury heard recordings from the taped interviews with detectives last year.
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UPDATE 7.1.2013: The first week of the Trayvon Martin murder trial wrapped up Friday. The jury heard testimony from about 20 witnesses, including the police officers who responded to the Feb. 26, 2012 shooting, neighbors who witnessed or heard the scuffle between Zimmerman and Martin, and Martin's friend Rachel Jeantel who was on the phone with Martin during his encounter with Zimmerman.
The George Zimmerman murder trial continues today, kicking off the second week of proceedings. The jury will hear testimony this week from the lead police investigator, the medical examiner who performed Martin's autopsy, and Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton.
For a recap of highlights from last week's proceedings, click here.
UPDATE 6.28.2013: Today is the fifth day of the Trayvon Martin murder trial. In today's proceedings, the court will hear testimony from John Good, the neighbor who says he witnessed Martin hunched over defendant George Zimmerman, the 29-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed Martin last year.Good says he saw one person over another in an "MMA-style," referring to a mixed martial arts fighting position.
Good is a key witness because the defense has maintained that Zimmerman was attacked by Martin and that he shot the teen out of self-defense, and the prosecution claims Zimmerman attacked Martin.
Yesterday, 19-year-old Rachel Jeantel, the friend of Martin who was on the phone with him when the teen was approached by Zimmerman, took the witness stand for the second day in a row on Thursday. Defense attorney Don West grilled Jeantel about a letter she wrote to Trayvon Martin's mother about her final phone call with the teen. West also focused on Jeantel's use of the phrase "creepy ass cracker," a phrase she says Martin used to describe Zimmerman when the neighborhood watch volunteer started following Martin.
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UPDATE 6.27.2013 Today is the fourth day of the Trayvon Martin murder trial. Watch a live stream of the George Zimmerman case. Today, the court is slated to continue cross-examining one of the trial's key witnesses, Rachel Jeantel, who was on the phone with Martin at the time of his confrontation with Zimmerman.
UPDATE 6.26.2013 Today is the third day of the George Zimmerman trial. Earlier today, the jury heard testimony from Jayne Surdyka, a former neighbor of Zimmerman. On the day Zimmerman shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Surdyka called 911 after she heard a scream and "multiple gunshots" (there was only one shot fired that day). She testified that she heard two voices, one deeper voice and one softer, exchanging words for several minutes.
She then said that she heard cries for help that she believed were a boy's voice.
Other neighbors also have described hearing cries for help which were captured on their calls to 911. Martin's parents have said they were those of their son, while Zimmerman's father has said he believes the cries belong to his son. Both prosecutors and defense attorneys believe they could show whether Zimmerman or Martin was the aggressor in the encounter at the Retreat at Twin Lakes townhome complex on Feb. 26, 2012. Defense attorneys successfully argued against allowing prosecution experts who claimed the cries belonged to Martin.
Yesterday, which was the second day of the George Zimmerman trial, prosecutors and defense focuses on the neighborhood watch program that Zimmerman was involved with. One witness, Wendy Dorival, who works for the Sanford Police Department, showed slides from a Powerpoint presentation that she goes through with people who are interested in becoming part of the neighborhood watch program, as Zimmerman was.
The prosecution focused on one slide in particular, which referred to volunteers as the "eyes and ears" of the police department, and also said they are not the "vigilante police."
The court also heard the first neighbor witness speak yesterday. Selene Bahadoor, who lived in one of the homes close to where the fatal Trayvon Martin shooting occurred, said she heard running outside and then a gunshot.
Defense attorney O'Mara also questioned Bahadoor about a page she "liked" on Facebook called "Justice for Trayvon Martin."
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UPDATE 6.25.2013 Yesterday was the first day of the George Zimmerman trial. The murder case against Zimmerman, 29, involving the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin, began with both sides' opening statements before the court and the jury of 6 people, all women (12 person juries are required only in capital cases; a Florida statute says that six people is adequate for group deliberation).
The defense will argue that Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin out of self-defense. Photos following that day in February 2012 show bumps on the back of Zimmerman's head indicating he had suffered blows to the head, consistent with his testimony that Martin pushed him to the ground and bashed his head into the pavement. Zimmerman also had a bloody nose.
The prosecution will attest that Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin because he profiled Martin, who is black. They will use audio recordings from a phone call Zimmerman made in which he says "F***g punks, these a**holes they always get away." The prosecution will try and show that Zimmerman acted as a vigilante and hunted Martin down and shot him "because he wanted to."
Perhaps what was most notable about the first day of the George Zimmerman murder trial was the defense's attempt to get the Martin family booted from the courtroom. The effort called to attention a dispute between Trayvon Martin's father, Tracy Martin, and one of Zimmerman's supporters, a friend who was present at in the courtroom Monday as well as the two previous Tuesdays. Tracy Martin was accused of having cursed at George Zimmerman's supporter. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara told the judge Monday that Martin's father had "threatened or cursed at one of my client's family members." Tracy Martin shook his head in disagreement.
"He seen me and seen my badge and said motherf***er under his breath," Tim Tuchalski, a friend of Zimmerman's, told the court.
The accusation came on the heels of Judge Debra Nelson requesting Zimmerman's family to leave the courtroom because they are on the prosecution's list of possible witnesses, and witnesses are not permitted to be in the court until their testimony.
Zimmerman's lawyer requested that Martin's parents be banned from the courtroom as well. However, because Florida law permits the immediate family of victims to be present in the courtoom, Martin's parents will be allowed to stay.
The George Zimmerman trial is expected to last from two to four weeks. The jury will be sequestered during that time, meaning they will be isolated from the outside world to avoid accidental or deliberate "tainting."
"Your contact with the outside world will be severely limited," prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda warned potential jurors last week.
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The George Zimmerman trial live stream is up. Watch the first day of the Trayvon Martin murder case, held in a Sanford, Fla. courtroom.
Zimmerman, 28, faces a second-degree murder charge for shooting 17-year-old Martin, an unarmed black teenager, back in Feb. 2012. Martin was walking through a gated community in Sanford when Zimmerman, a volunteer cop, spotted him and believed him to be "up to no good."
After approaching Martin, a brief scuffle occurred. It ended with Zimmerman shooting the teen in the chest. Zimmerman claims it was in self-defense.
Opening statements in the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman took place earlier today, with Florida prosecutor John Guy saying that the volunteer neighborhood cop killed the 17-year-old "because he wanted to."
"F_____g punks, these a__holes they always get away," Guy quoted Zimmerman as saying. "Those were the words in that grown man's mouth as he followed, in the dark, a 17-year-old boy who he didn't know."
Prosecutors allege that Zimmerman profiled and confronted Martin because of his skin color and even ignored a police dispatcher's advice to leave Martin be.
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