Sanford, FL - Testimony will resume Friday in the trial of former neighborhood watch officer George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. The court was on recess Thursday for the holiday.
The state could rest its case today, after it most likely calls at least one member of Trayvon Martin's family. Only the prosecution has called witnesses thus far, and the defense still has to present its entire case to the six-woman jury.
None of the dozens of witnesses the state has called so far have included a Martin family member. Trayvon Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton could testify Friday, and prosecuting attorneys have indicated she will clarify disputed information about who can be heard screaming for help on a 911 call audio recording.
WFMY News 2's Good Morning Show talked last week with local criminal defense attorney David Freedman, who said undoubtedly, Trayvon Martin's mother will tell jurors it is her son's voice yelling for help on the audio recording. The defense has claimed that the voice yelling for help is Zimmerman's.
On Wednesday before the court dismissed for the holiday, the prosecution called witnesses who knew George Zimmerman when he was a student-including professors who taught Zimmerman about criminal justice.
Prosecutors seemingly were trying to paint, for the jury, Zimmerman as an aspiring policeman who went too far and abused his duties as a neighborhood watch officer the night of Martin's death.
A witness testified Zimmerman had a problem with his credit card that prevented him from being able to pursue a career with the police department.
Prosecutors also said Zimmerman was not forthcoming in a national television interview with Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity, whom he told he never had heard about Florida's Stand Your Ground law before shooting Martin.
But, Captain Alexis Francisco-Carter told the jury he taught Zimmerman the Stand Your Ground law in a course on the practical application of self-defense laws. Francisco-Carter said Zimmerman aced the class.
Zimmerman's defense refuted those assertions and said Zimmerman's past training and education had no relevance to the case.
The final witness Wednesday was a crime lab analyst who examined DNA samples on all the standard evidence in the case. The witness said there was no DNA from Martin on the pistol that killed him.
Prosecutors also called a firearms expert with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, who said she identified, through examining and running tests on Martin's clothing, that a contact shot killed him.
Court will resume at 9 this morning.