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George Zimmerman Jury Sees Photos of Slain Trayvon Martin Lying in Grass: Warning Graphic

Posted by on Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:05 PM
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George Zimmerman Jury Sees Photos of Slain Trayvon Martin Lying in Grass: Warning Graphic

PHOTO: George Zimmerman, seen left in a June 20, 2013 file photo as his defense counsel  questions potential jurors for his trial in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., is on trial for his involvement in the death of Trayvon Martin whose body is see
 
George Zimmerman, seen left in a June 20, 2013 file photo as his defense counsel questions potential jurors for his trial in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., is on trial for his involvement in the death of Trayvon Martin whose body is seen at right.
 
 
Prosecution Portrays Zimmerman as Vigilante
 
 
 
SANFORD, Fla. June 25, 2013

 

  Jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial were shown photos today of Trayvon Martin's body lying in the grass shortly after he was killed, spurring his father Tracy Martin to walk out of court, visibly shaken,

 

 

Martin's mother, who remained and looked away as the photos were shown, walked out shortly after.

 

The startling photos were shown on the second day of testimony in Zimmerman's trial. Zimmerman, 29, is accused of second degree murder for shooting Martin, who was 17, on Feb. 26, 2012. Zimmerman claims he shot him in self defense.

 

The pictures appeared on a large screen as Sgt. Anthony Raimondo of the Sanford, Fla., police department told the court how he tried to save the teenager's life. The sergeant said he tried to revive Martin, but could hear bubbling sounds coming out of Martin's chest as he attempted CPR.

 

He asked people who emerged from their homes after the shooting for Saran wrap and Vaseline to plug the wound and a man gave him a plastic grocery bag. Raimondo said he moved Martin into a sitting position so he could try to seal the exit wound.

 

 

During his testimony, several photos appeared, including one of the teenager lying face-down and another with Martin lying face-up. There were also pictures of his gunshot wounds which clearly rattled the courtroom. In addition, the jury viewed photos of Martin's hooded sweatshirt with a bullet hole in it and Zimmerman's Kel-Tech 9 pistol.

 

Raimondo was asked by prosecutors about the rain the night of the shooting. "It was drizzling," he responded.

 

Zimmerman had told a police dispatcher that Martin looked suspicious because he seemed to be loitering in the rain.

 

 

 

Later, the jury also saw photos of injuries Zimmerman had on his head that he claims were caused by Martin.

   

 

 

 

 

Earlier Judge Debra Nelson listened to tapes of the former neighborhood watch captain calling police in the months and years prior to shooting Martin in which Zimmerman complains about strangers, often black, in his neighborhood.

 

The tapes were played without the jury present so the judge could decided whether the jury will be allowed to hear them. Prosecutors want jurors to hear the tapes, but Zimmerman's legal team argued that they are irrelevant to the case.

 

The judge listened to Zimmerman tell police about black males he deemed suspicious. In one call he told police about a black man he had seen before on trash day.

 

 

 

"He keeps going to this guy's house. I know him. I know the resident. He's Caucasian," said Zimmerman. "He's going up to the house and going up to the side of it and coming to the street and going to the side of it. I don't know what he is doing. I don't want to approach him."

 

During the calls, Zimmerman referred to the strangers at times as black, another time as African American or "a gentleman."

 

In dismissing defense objections to the calls, prosecutor Richard Mathias said, "The defendant made the calls, he created these tapes, he created these situations. He shouldn't complain."

 

Prosecutors believe the calls speak to Zimmerman's mindset the night he encountered Martin, a 17-year-old black teenager.

 

"We are talking about the bare relevance of his state of mind....motive and intent are classic jury questions. What was the motive for seeking out these individuals?" Mathias asked the judge. "I think the state should be allowed to establish through relevant evidence if he thought [Martin] was suspicious because he was walking out in the rain or were there other things."

 

Zimmerman's lead defense attorney Mark O'Mara said the calls are irrelevant and would confuse jurors.

 

"We know now they have little or any evidence to suppose second degree murder," said O'Mara. "They are trying to set up a circumstantial evidence case....They are not acts that show ill will or second degree. They will show he was acting fine."

 

Judge Nelson said she will listen to the tapes and review case law before issuing the ruling.

 

The racially charged case has revolved so far around Zimmerman's calls to police.

 

In the opening day of testimony both sides parsed a call Zimmerman made to a non-emergency police number to report what he said was a suspicious black teenager in his Sanford, Fla., neighborhood.

 

by on Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:05 PM
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Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:09 PM
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Well, GZ killed the teen- Reality bites. The only people I feel remotely sorry for are the parents of TM

GZ looks drugged. He is a prime example of flat affect.

MichelleJ1000
by Member on Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:15 PM
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He did the crime so he should do the time. Period. That is my opinion.
Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:16 PM
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Yep. H e created the crime. Now he must deal with decisions made.

Quoting MichelleJ1000:

He did the crime so he should do the time. Period. That is my opinion.


ercama
by on Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:27 PM

                                                                     

ercama
by on Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:28 PM

                                                                    

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by on Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:29 PM

                                                                                  

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by on Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:32 PM

                                                                             

ercama
by on Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Grandmother,  Mother & Father of Trayvon Martin                                                             

kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:35 PM
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O'Mara is beyond hypocritical. Isn't he the one dredging through high school records trying to find something to show that Martin was aggressive? Turn about is definitely fair play. And I would argue that Georges frame of mind, or mindset, in going after Martin is MUCH more relevant to this case than something Martin may have done a year ago.
ercama
by on Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:36 PM

        I"m CRYING                                                             

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