Zimmerman Trial Winds Down
The defense is winding down its case early Wednesday afternoon in the George Zimmerman trial, and it appears less and less likely that Zimmerman himself will take the stand.
Even though Zimmerman hasn't testified, jurors have still been watching video of statements he made to police investigators. Zimmerman is currently charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a 17 year-old from Miami. Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense.
But while Zimmerman may not testify, defense attorneys may call a toxicology expert to the stand Wednesday after they won a motion to introduce lab results showing Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in Martins system when he was killed. Defense attorney Don West noted that in Zimmermans statement to the non-emergency 911 dispatcher, it appeared the person he was observing was "on drugs."
The judge denied two requests from the defense on Wednesday, ultimately ruling that computer animations depicting the confrontation and text messages from Martin that deal with fighting will not be admissible as evidence. Prosecutors objected to the animation because they said it was from Zimmerman's perspective and would ultimately confuse the jurors. Prosecutors also believed the text messages would paint Martin in a misleading light and claimed they areprejudicial.
If the defense rests its case Wednesday, prosecutors can then call their own rebuttal witnesses. Closing arguments could be heard as early as Friday.
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