Prosecutors Attack Zimmerman Story Several Ways

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  • SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A judge tossed out a detective’s statement that he found George Zimmerman credible in his description of fighting with Trayvon Martin, a decision that benefits prosecutors who are trying to discredit the defendant’s self-defense claims.

    Other efforts by prosecutors to attack Zimmerman’s story on Tuesday included the cross examination of a friend he called after shooting Martin and the testimony of a doctor who found the defendant’s injuries to be insignificant. They also sought to introduce school records that indicate Zimmerman had studied the state’s self-defense law, in another swipe at his truthfulness.

    Prosecutors took the unusual step of trying to pick apart the statements of an investigator they’d called as a prosecution witness because some of what he said appeared to help the defense. Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda asked the judge to strike Detective Chris Serino‘s statement that he thought Zimmerman was credible when he described how he got into a fight with Martin. Serino was the lead investigator on the case for the Sanford Police Department.

    De la Rionda argued the statement was improper because one witness isn’t allowed to evaluate another witness’s credibility. Defense attorney Mark O’Mara argued that it’s Serino’s job to decide whether Zimmerman was telling the truth.

    Judge Debra Nelson told jurors to disregard the statement.

    “This is an improper comment,” the judge said.

    Zimmerman has said he fatally shot the unarmed black 17-year-old in self-defense in February of 2012 because Martin was banging his head into a concrete sidewalk. Zimmerman, 29, could get life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty.

    To earn a conviction on the charge, prosecutors must prove there was ill will, spite or a depraved mind by the defendant.

    The prosecutor also questioned Serino about his opinion that Zimmerman didn’t display those negative emotions toward Martin.

    De la Rionda played back Zimmerman’s call to police to report the teen wailing through his gated community. Zimmerman uses an expletive, refers to “punks” and then says, “These a——-. They always get away.”

    The detective conceded that Zimmerman’s choice of words could be interpreted as being spiteful.

    The state has argued that Zimmerman profiled Martin from his truck and called a police dispatch number before he and the teenager got into a fight. Zimmerman has denied the confrontation had anything to do with race, as Martin’s family and their supporters have claimed. Zimmerman’s father is white and his mother is Hispanic.

    Several moves by prosecutors Tuesday were aimed at showing inconsistencies in Zimmerman’s statements.

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    11 thoughts on “Prosecutors Attack Zimmerman Story Several Ways

    1. Del Larondia is a shit head liar!!! swisted the story and adds , I would to see his face when there is a NOT GUILITY VERDICT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Ditto and I hope by the time things are done with this case that the entire prosecution team gets cited for their violations, their lies, and their intentional misdirection of the evidence. The prosecutors are the only criminals in this case.

    2. z’man is a lier, sack of shit,his story has change so many time,didn’t even require stitches for that big ass head,if I slam your head on concrete two or more time,trust me,your ass will need your head work on//////////////////////////////////////////////////

      • Doesn’t matter if he ever lied, the facts support his claim that illegally-high-fight-proven-punk-Trayvon assaulted him first and beat his head into the cement more than once. I would have shot him several times and wished that his parents were there to intervene and pose a threat so they too could be eliminated.

    3. Prosecutors attack Zimmerman’s story??? Attack??? The prosecution lost this case from the initial charge against Mr. Zimmerman and all the prosecutors involved will all lose their jobs soon, will all be subject to disbarment, all will be criminally charged, and all will lose their upcoming civil lawsuits. Now, that’s true-Justice.

        • Which hole? May I suggest you not let the fact that the prosecution is wasting our tax dollars on a case that does not merit any prosecution what-so-ever imo, maybe an award perhaps to Mr. Zimmerman and some time in prison for Trayvon’s parents for not controlling their thuggster.

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