Thursday, July 4, 2013

Zimmerman Trial - Day 8

Trayvon Martin's parents Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton enter the courtroom after a morning recess in George Zimmerman secondnd-degree murder trial in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Seminole circuit court in Sanford
Trayvon Martin's parents Tracy Martin (L), and Sybrina Fulton 

Yahoo News

Former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was well versed in Florida's self-defense laws before he shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, despite a previous claim to the contrary, jurors were told at Zimmerman's trial on Wednesday.

The contradiction came into evidence as prosecutors were preparing to wrap up their case on Friday after two weeks of testimony aimed at showing inconsistencies in Zimmerman's accounts of the February 2012 shooting.

Now that's a pretty big discrepancy. It sounds like George Zimmerman was not only thinking clearly when he wrote that statement we talked about the other day but perhaps he was thinking clearly even before the incident.

How do you get away with being a vigilante murderer?  Well, one way is not to deny the obvious. That's just stupid. And he almost got away with it.  He almost had them convinced.  But, now that they're checking everything, his story is full of holes.

Most damning is this:

Zimmerman, 29, has said Martin, 17, punched him in the face and repeatedly slammed his head into a concrete walkway. Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, could face life in prison if convicted.

Despite those claims, a DNA expert with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement testified on Wednesday that none of Zimmerman's DNA was found in scrapings of Martin's fingernails or on the cuffs or other parts of the hooded sweatshirt he wore on the night he died.

There was also no trace of Martin's DNA on Zimmerman's gun, the expert, Anthony Gorgone, told the court. Zimmerman has said Martin tried to grab the 9mm Kel-Tec semi-automatic before he shot him at point-blank range.

Police initially declined to arrest Zimmerman, accepting his story of self-defense.

The best Zimmerman can hope for is an acquittal and being known as another O.J. Simpson.  And considering the alternative, that would be a big win.

What's your prediction?  Will he be convicted or acquitted?

Please leave a comment.


  1. It's curious how much about Zimmerman that wasn't the incident in question gets brought in, but Martin's long list sordid behavior is inadmissable.

    How the jury will decide this one is hard to predict, but I've seen enough to have reasonable doubts. This DNA stuff is the CSI effect in action. There isn't always DNA on everything. The witness who saw some of the incident didn't see all of it, but what he did see was consistent with Zimmerman's account. The girl on the phone I wouldn't trust to tell me the time of day. But then, prosecutors work hard to keep reasonable people off juries.

    1. Yeah, the "long list of sordid behavior," like smoking dope and posting stupid pics on the internet.

  2. I have no idea what the verdict will be, but if the prosecution doesn't come up with much more than they've presented so far, any juror who would claim there is no reasonable doubt about Zimmerman's guilt would be lying through her teeth.

  3. " Police initially declined to arrest Zimmerman, accepting his story of self-defense."

    The original prosecutor declined to prosecute due to insufficient evidence. And then the one the Governor assigned decided to bypass the Grand Jury system and go right to charges. Another result of an acquittal will be a vindication of that original prosecutor.
    The political climate surrounding this case has resulted in many tools of the justice system being ignored. If Zimmerman is convicted, there will likely be an appeal. And if acquitted, after the civil unrest dies down, like the Simpson case, there will likely be a lawsuit against Zimmerman and god knows who else.

  4. Hardly an OJ Simpson, GZ does not claim that anyone else shot TM.