Zimmerman Trial Update: Trayvon Martin Murder Case In Third Week Of WitnessTestimony, Forensic Pathologist Says George Zimmerman Telling Truth [LIVE STREAM]
The Zimmerman trial, which kicked off Monday, June 24 in Sanford, Fla., is in its third week of testimony. The Trayvon Martin murder case has seen two full weeks of evidence so far. The six person jury, all women, has heard from a range of witnesses, including Martin's father, his friend Rachel Jeantel who was on the phone with Martin during his encounter with Zimmerman, and detectives who responded to last year's deadly shooting.
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George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, stands trial for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African American who was headed home from a convenience store when he encountered Zimmerman. Martin was walking through the Retreat at Twin Lakes, a gated community in Sanford, Fla., where Zimmerman lived, when he and Zimmerman got into a physical struggle. Zimmerman claims he was attacked by Martin, and that he shot Martin out of self-defense. The prosecution holds that Zimmerman stalked Martin, profiled him because he was black, and shot him because he wanted to.
Zimmerman, 29, faces second-degree murder charges for the Feb. 26, 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin. You can read highlights from the first week of the Trayvon Martin murder case here.
So far this week, the third week of the Zimmerman trial, the jury has heard from a number of witnesses, most of them friends of 29-year-old Zimmerman, who say the screams heard on the 911 recordings belong to Zimmerman. The judge also ruled that Martin's use of marijuana, which posthumous tests showed he had traces of in his system at the time of his encounter with Zimmerman, could be entered into the court as evidence.
"Zimmerman's attorneys argued Monday that the report shows Martin's judgment may have been impaired the night of the shooting and that it may have affected his decision-making," CNN reports.
Also, a forensic pathologist said Tuesday that pathological evidence is consistent with Zimmerman's account of the struggle between him and Martin.
The 911 call, which the jury already heard earlier in the trial, was placed by one of the residents of the gated community on the night Zimmerman shot Martin. In the background of the 911 phone call, screams of help can be heard. The defense has maintained that the screams belong to Zimmerman, who they say was attacked by Martin. The prosecution, however, argues that the screams, which are higher pitched, belong to Martin.
One defense witness, Sondra Osterman, who appeared on the witness stand on Monday, said: "Definitely it's Georgie," referring to the screams. The defense called other friends to the stand who testified that the screams belonged to Zimmerman.
Earlier today, the courtroom heard from Dr. Vincent Di Maio, a forensic pathologist and expert in gunshot wounds. He said evidence suggests Zimmerman's gun was in contact with Martin's clothing when the fatal shot was fired. He also said the clothing was 2 to 4 inches from Martin's skin, which would indicate that Martin was on top of Zimmerman when the gun went off.
"If you lean over somebody, you will notice that the clothing tends to fall away from the chest," Di Maio said.
The Zimmerman trial will continue this week. You can watch the Zimmerman trial live stream here, and check back with iScience Times for updates on the Trayvon Martin murder case.
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