FINALLY the prosecution in the George Zimmerman trial had a great day in court, and are beginning to poke holes in his statements – creating a tense environment in the courtroom in Florida.
Tuesday lead investigator Chris Serino took the stand again and was questioned heavily by prosecutor Bernie de la Riondo about Zimmerman’s statements to police the night he killed Trayvon Martin.
Specifically, Serino said he believed Zimmerman exaggerated the number of times he was hit in the nose and head by Martin. Serino agreed that Zimmerman’s use of the phrase “[expletive] punks” can be filled with ill will and spite. And when asked if believing a person is committing a crime and if following them is profiling, Serino answered: “It could be construed as such, yes.”
These statements by Serino begin to paint a different picture of Zimmerman and pokes holes in his statements about what exactly happened the night of February 26, 2012. It felt like a win for the prosecution because many felt that Serino’s prior testimony on Monday as a prosecution witness was more beneficial to the defense team.
Honestly, it was.
Another victory for the prosecution (relating to Serino) was Judge Debra Nelson dismissing Serino’s testimony on Monday when he said he believed Zimmerman “was being truthful about what happened the night he shot Trayvon.”
It’s great that Judge Nelson tossed that testimony out, but the six female jurors were present when Serino said it so it’s not likely they will dismiss that from their minds. They are people, just like you and me.
The day kept getting better when Dr. Valerie Rao, the chief medical examiner, testified for the prosecution and blew a big hole in the prior testimony concerning Zimmerman’s injuries from having been allegedly beaten by Martin on the concrete sidewalk.
Dr. Rao testified that Zimmerman’s injuries were small and insignificant, so much so that he didn’t need any stitches and required only a Band-aid. She also said the wounds could have resulted from one blow or point of impact but not multiple blows or multiple hits to the head as the defense team is trying to establish.
This is key to shooting down Zimmerman’s assertion that he was fighting for his life and therefore had to shoot Martin in self-defense.
Basically, Dr. Rao blew apart Zimmerman’s severe injuries claim which goes straight to the crux of whether he will be acquitted based on a claim of self-defense.
Monday, I joined the panel on “HLN After Dark” to discuss the Zimmerman trial. We walked around the mock crime scene and there were apparent inconsistencies in the events of the night.
Things like Zimmerman saying Martin jumped out of the bushes – there were no bushes.
He said the unarmed 17-year-old attacked him at the intersection of two sidewalks (referred to as “The T”) but Martin’s body was found far away from “The T.” Zimmerman also said he laid Martin’s arms out after he shot him, but he was found with his arms under his body.
I’m not buying it! (But there is a block of time that something happened that we will never know about, and that’s the key to this case).
This morning, before testimony begins, Judge Nelson will have to decide if Zimmerman’s school records can be entered into evidence. Zimmerman took classes in criminal justice in the months before he killed Martin, which could led him to knowledge to fabricate a claim of self-defense.
Also, look for defense attorney Mark O’Mara to talk with Nancy Grace tonight – which is sure to be an exciting interview.
- Mo Ivory, CBS Local