Judge denies request for Zimmerman acquittal

Tools

Associated Press

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - A Florida judge has denied a request from George Zimmerman's defense attorney to acquit the neighborhood watch volunteer of second-degree murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.
   
Defense attorney Mark O'Mara argued for acquittal Friday after prosecutors rested their case.
   
O'Mara said prosecutors hadn't proved their case. He said there was enormous evidence presented over the past two weeks that Zimmerman had acted in self-defense.
   
Prosecutor Richard Mantei argued the state had met its burden and that Zimmerman had lied about what happened.
   
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting 17-year-old Martin last year. He pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense.

Earlier story:

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - The doctor who performed Trayvon Martin's autopsy says he has changed his opinion in recent weeks on two matters related to the teen's death.
   
Dr. Shiping Bao on Friday said he had changed his opinion about how long Martin was alive after being shot and the effect of marijuana detected in Martin's body at the time of his death.
   
The associate medical examiner said last November that he believed Martin was alive one to three minutes. But he testified Friday it was one to 10 minutes.
   
He also said Friday that marijuana could have affected Martin physically or mentally, even though he said it didn't last year.
   
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting Martin. He is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense.

Earlier story:

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - The mother of Trayvon Martin has testified that screams for help captured on audio of a 911 call came from her 17-year-old son.
   
Sybrina Fulton took the witness stand Friday morning during the trial of George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murder in Martin's shooting death. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty and says he shot the teen in self-defense during a fight.
   
After the audio was played, prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda asked Fulton, "Who do you recognize that to be?" She replied, "Trayvon Benjamin Martin."
   
Identifying the screams on the 911 call could be critical to the case because it may help determine who was the aggressor during the scuffle between Zimmerman and Martin.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Advertisement