The last arguments in the George Zimmerman second-degree murder trial will be heard today.
The defense is expected to start their closing arguments at the start of trial this morning, picking up where prosecution attorney Bernie de la Rionda left off yesterday.
In his closing statements, de la Rionda hit on an emotional chord, showing jurors the last photos taken of Trayvon Martin’s lifeless body after Zimmerman shot him. He started his statement with the line “a teenager is dead,” explaining how Zimmerman profiled and then killed a kid whose only crime was walking home after buying, not even stealing, a pack of Skittles.
To see the rest of de la Rionda’s closing statement, and to view a list of the most powerful moments in yesterday’s court proceedi
ngs, click here.
And stay up to date with GlobalGrind with live updates straight from the courtroom.
LATEST UPDATES FROM THE COURTROOM:
6:00 PM EST: Judge Nelson announces that the jury will adjourn for the night. They will return for deliberations tomorrow morning at 9:00AM EST
4:25 PM EST: The Zimmerman family releases a statement about the upcoming verdict.
“From the onset of this tragic event, our family has been clear to express our trust in the judicial system. A jury of one’s peers is the hallmark of our country’s judicial system. The American justice system is the finest in the world. George’s fate is now in the hands of the jury, who will make their decision based on evidence and the facts of the case,” the family said.
“As we await a verdict we will remain hopeful and ask for the public to remain peaceful, no matter the outcome. Though we maintain George committed no crime whatsoever, we acknowledge that the people who called for George’s arrest and subsequent trial have now witnessed both events come to pass. We hope now that as Americans we will all respect the rule of law, which begins with respecting the verdict. The judicial system has run its course — pray for justice, pray for peace, pray for our country.”
2:30 PM EST: JURORS DELIBERATE. COURT RECESSES.
2:00 PM EST: JUDGE NELSON READS JURY INSTRUCTIONS TO THE JURORS.
– To see all 27 pages of instructions, click here.
12:06 PM EST: WATCH THE BEGINNING OF JOHN GUY’S STATEMENT HERE:
WATCH THE BEGINNING OF MARK O’MARA’S CLOSING STATEMENT HERE:
8:30 AM EST: COURT RESUMES. Mark O’Mara starts his closing statement.
– O’Mara asks jury not to make assumptions and to use their common sense when deciding their verdict.
WHAT YOU MISSED YESTERDAY:
– Bernie de la Rionda presented the state’s closing statement. Watch it here.
– Judge Debra Nelson ruled that the jury will be allowed to consider a lesser charge of manslaughter as well as second-degree murder.
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