Winston-Salem Lawyer Analyzes Zimmerman Trial

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SANFORD, FL - Prosecution witnesses will continue to be called to the stand Tuesday in week two of the George Zimmerman trial, underway as of 9 a.m. at a Sanford, Fl. Courtroom.

On Monday, the prosecution called an FBI audio expert--Hirotaka Nakasone--to the stand to address who (Martin or Zimmerman) can be heard, on a 911 recording, yelling for help in the minutes before Martin was shot. The expert testified the scream lasted only about three seconds and was not a long enough period of time in which the source of the voice could be identified.

The witness said it might be easier for someone familiar with the voice to identify it-someone like Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton. Attorneys have said they will not call Fulton to the stand until the jurors, themselves, hear that audio recording. The defense argues the voice yelling for help on the 911 calls is Zimmerman's, not Martin's.

Evidence in the case has been largely circumstantial. On Monday, the jury saw a video of a reenactment Zimmerman did for police the day after the shooting. Zimmerman-a former neighborhood watchman-told police 17-year-old Martin was beating him up and reached for his (Zimmerman's) gun.

The lead police investigator in the case-Chris Serino-then took the stand and answered attorneys' questions about Zimmerman's perceived demeanor the night of Martin's murder. Serino said at no point during his interview with Zimmerman did Zimmerman indicate he had any anger or disdain toward Trayvon Martin.

WFMY News 2's Good Morning Show talked with local criminal defense attorney David Freedman Tuesday about his analysis of the case. Freedman has tried many high-profile cases similar to the George Zimmerman case. He said he predicts the trial could go on for a few weeks before the jury gets the case, as the defense has yet to start calling its witnesses.

Freedman said in order for the state to prove its case, it must show through witness testimony and available evidence that George Zimmerman acted with malice in shooting Trayvon Martin during an altercation in the neighborhood Zimmerman was patrolling the night of Martin's death.

Prosecutors already have called more than 20 witnesses, including key witness Rachel Jeantel, who was on the phone with martin during the time in which he was killed. During testimony, she was difficult to understand and said English is not her primary language. Freedman said the defense lost an opportunity in which to cast doubt on Jeantel's credibility, because defense attorneys questioned her for longer than Freedman said they needed to. He said the longer Jeantel was on the stand, the more she personalized Martin for the jury. He said the defense more effectively could have rested its cross-examination of Jeantel soon after she admitted to lying about certain portions of what she heard that night and initially told police.

Freedman said during testimony, at least one juror probably is looking at Zimmerman at all times, thereby seeing and interpreting his facial reactions to witness testimony and claims.

It is unclear whether Zimmerman will take the stand in his own defense, but Freedman said he could think of only cons of allowing Zimmerman to do so.

Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder and faces up to life in prison if found guilty of those charges.

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