#GZtrial: George Zimmerman’s fate now fully rests in the hands of the jury

Posted by: ST on July 12, 2013 at 3:23 pm
Zimmerman Trial

The trial of George Zimmerman.
Graphic courtesy of WFTV.

Deep breaths, y’all:

George Zimmerman’s lead defense attorney urged jurors to let the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer “get back to his life” by finding him not guilty of murder or manslaughter in the 2012 confrontation that ended in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, saying the state prove Zimmerman did anything other than defend himself.

In a low-key and methodical presentation that began early Friday, defense attorney Mark O’Mara urged the all-female, six-member jury to not “fill in the gaps” or “connect the dots,” but to stick to facts. He ridiculed prosecutors for their forceful portrayal of Zimmerman as a wannabe cop who profiled an unarmed teen when he cut through the gated community where Zimmerman lived.

“That is not an unarmed teenager!” O’Mara said, hoisting a chunk of concrete to represent the pavement Martin allegedly bashed Zimmerman’s head against before the fatal shot.

For most of the three-hour presentation, O’Mara’s style was in sharp contrast to the fiery summation delivered by lead prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda a day earlier, in which he forcefully told jurors that Zimmerman’s inaccurate “assumptions” about Martin were responsible for the teen’s death on Feb. 26, 2012. But O’Mara became more emotional toward the end, reminding jurors that even a reasonable doubt in their minds that Zimmerman committed a crime can only mean acquittal.

“It is a tragedy, truly,” O’Mara said. “But you can’t allow sympathy.”

O’Mara’s summation was followed by the prosecution’s rebuttal, in which prosecutor John Guy told jurors that Zimmerman would have had to have faced deadly force to be justified in shooting Martin. Guy showed a picture of Zimmerman’s scalp and downplayed cuts on it.

“Did that man need to kill somebody? Kill a teenager?

“Did he really need to shoot, did he have to shoot, Trayvon Martin?” Guy asked the jury. “No he did not.”


For those who watched the last two days of closing arguments, what did you think?

RSS feed for comments on this post.

2 Responses to “#GZtrial: George Zimmerman’s fate now fully rests in the hands of the jury”


  1. Bill says:

    The moment NBC fudged with the 911 call you knew the deck was stacked against Zimmerman. Then the police chief that refused to arrest Zimmerman was fired. Now we find that our tax dollars were used to organize protests against him by the Department of In-justice. While the prosecution side proved nothing, I wouldn’t put it past the jury to find him guilty of something. We are in a sad state of affairs when the police have to hold a presser to beg folks not to riot if Zimmerman is found innocent. I can’t remember how many whites rioted after the Simpson acquittal. Perhaps someone can help me with that one.

  2. Tex says:

    What a shocker!! Apparently there are still people with common sense in this country. They just announced Zimmerman is “not guilty” of all charges!

    Now we’ll just wait and see which cities erupt in violence tonight since the Congressional Black Caucus, Al Sharpton,and the Liberal media already tried and convicted Zimmerman last year publicly (they didn’t let those pesky facts get in the way) giving African Americans the expectation that a “not guilty” verdict would be a travesty of justice against them.