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    George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin Real Time Trial Thread *NO DISCUSSION* Friday July 12

    George Zimmerman Real Time Trial Thread *No Discussion* Friday July 12 th 2013
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    I'm sticking with the tweets today....

    Jeff Weiner ‏@JeffWeinerOS 1m
    O'Mara to jurors: "You are living the constitution." Quotes Thomas Jefferson & John Adams. #ZimmermanTrial #GeorgeZimmerman #TrayvonMartin
    Retweeted by Kyle Hightower

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 50s
    O'Mara says the burden for the state is so high for prosecutor "to make sure we don't cut any corners or make any assumptions."

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 4m
    O'Mara tells jury that reasonable doubt can come from lack of evidence or conflicts in evidence. #ZimmermanTrial #TrayvonMartin

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 6m
    O'Mara: "What I don't think you should do is fill in any gaps...about facts." #zimmerman

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 8m
    Note: O'Mara said he wasn't planning to use notes for his closing, but he appears to be glancing at some.

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 10m
    #TrayvonMartin parents and attorneys just arrived in the courtroom. #zimmerman

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 11m
    O'Mara: "I think what you have to do is be absolutely vigilant."

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 12m
    O'Mara talks about fear of jury reaching a "compromise verdict" that is not based on law or their oath to stick to law.

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 14m
    O'Mara: "Be careful with your common sense."

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 15m
    O'Mara has #Zimmerman stand as he talks about impressions that jury may have come into this case with.

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 16m
    FWIW prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda didn't do thank yous until the middle of his closing in more awkward timing. #zimmerman

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 17m
    O'Mara going through lengthy thank you to jurors for their service.

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 19m
    #TrayvonMartin parents are not in the courtroom at this time. #ZimmermanTrial

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 20m
    O'Mara is off and running...

    Danny Morales ‏@Danny_Morales_ 23m
    #GeorgeZimmerman's parents are in the courtroom again today, as well as his wife Shellie. #ZimmermanTrial #TrayvonMartin
    Retweeted by Kyle Hightower

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 23m
    Just a reminder, Mark O'Mara is doing closing argument for the defense. #Zimmerman #TrayvonMartin

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 25m
    Attys at judges bench for sidebar.

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 26m
    Court is officially back in session.

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 26m
    Can't see the front, but item in bag appears to be a cutout of something. Interesting. Mannequins by state and now this. #zimmerman

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 27m
    In courtroom. Defense bringing in a handful of props for closing. Include a block of concrete and something in a black plastic bag.

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 32m
    ICYMI: Jury could begin deliberations in #Zimmerman trial (from @AP) #trayvonmartin http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_289563/con...tguid=kZu26qFQ

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    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 36s
    O'Mara: "#GeorgeZimmerman is not guilty if you have a reasonable doubt he acted in self-defense."

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 15s
    O'Mara now showing jury a chart on an easel that explains reasonable doubt and burden of proof.

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 2m
    O'Mara has a slide that says "The State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman" that has Constitution paper-like background.

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 4m
    O'Mara says that the prosecution is not entitled to "could've been" statements. Says they must provide proof.

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    OM says he will prove to them that GZ is completely innocent.

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 3m
    The defense is talking about the state's witnesses who taught #Zimmermanon9 in college to try to prove he hated Martin.

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 5m
    The defense is taking on the state's accusation that #Zimmermanon9 was a wanna be cop.

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 6m
    #Zimmermanon9 's father is leaning forward and his mother is rubbing his father's back.

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 4m
    The defense tone is slow, calm and methodical in contrast to the state's style. #Zimmermanon9

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 5m
    The defense says the defense usually does that but in this case he's going to prove what happened even though it's not done. #Zimmermanon9

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 6m
    The defense asked how many what ifs the state gave them. He says they have to be certain and said he is a former prosecutor. #Zimmermanon9

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 10m
    O'Mara says he calls this case the bizarro case because it's upside down. #Zimmermanon9

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 11m
    So far.. the jury is paying close attention. During jury selection some potential jurors thanked him for explaining the law. #Zimmermanon9

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 12m
    @NoLeftTurns Yes. Here are the rest of the juror profiles: http://at.wftv.com/180XM9z #Zimmermanon9

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 15m
    B 29 just shook her head yes when O'Mara said not to fill in the gaps in the evidence to reach a verdict. #Zimmermanon9

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 20m
    The defense said the state is asking them to make assumptions, even by yelling #Zimmermanon9 's words.

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 21m
    Jurors are taking notes about the defense reminder that the standard is not 51-49 in a criminal case. #Zimmermanon9

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 22m
    The defense told the jury he's worried about a "compromise" verdict because manslaughter is also a possibility. #Zimmermanon9

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 23m
    O'Mara used #Zimmermanon9 as a "prop" to say he fears they might assume he did something wrong because he is charged with a crime.

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 30m
    The defense has what looks like a life-sized cut out of #Zimmermanon9 and Martin.

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 32m
    The state gets the last word with jury since it has the burden if proving its case beyond every reasonable doubt. #Zimmermanon9

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 33m
    Jury is coming in. #Zimmermanon9

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 33m
    The defense is about to start its three hour closing and us expected to use animation to give its explanation of the fight. #Zimmermanon9


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    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 5m
    Alternate juror E13 just jotted something in her notebook. Rest of jury maintains attentive look toward O'Mara. Same as w/ prosecutor

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 7m
    O'Mara says it was apparent #Zimmerman "wanted to serve." Says "he wanted to be involved...and, yeah, he wanted to be a cop."

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 1m
    The defense told the jury not one witness said #Zimmermanon9 patrolled. His father shook his head yes to his wife.

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 4m
    The defense told the jury they now have #Zimmermanon9 's 6th police call to protect children from cars that the state withheld.

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 3m
    O'Mara mocks suggestion that #zimmerman frustrated on non emergency calls/wasn't saying "Get out here and get these young black males"

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    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 2m
    O'Mara on #Zimmerman the night of shooting: "He's in his way to Target and he sees somebody that was suspicious."

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 38s
    On "f'ing punks" comment: "The fact that (#zimmerman) was going to say it on a recorded call to law enforcement is evidence of non-guilt"

    Tony Pipitone ‏@TonyPipitone 54s
    Ten-foot-long timeline of #Zimmerman call makes its debut, showing "he's running" coincides to when #RachelJeantel call disconnects 1st time
    Retweeted by Kyle Hightower

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 2m
    The defense is taking on the state's accusation that #Zimmermanon9 cracked from frustration.

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 40s
    O'Mara keeps hammering in his point that #Zimmerman didn't exhibit ill will/spite/hatred, all elements of second-degree murder.

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    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 1m
    The defense is going over the timeline and #Zimmermanon9 's police call and argues his voice is not laced with hatred.

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 54s
    Sybrina Fulton, #TrayvonMartin mother is just staring straight ahead in the direction of the jury. #zimmerman

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 58s
    O'Mara asks if there's any evidence #Zimmerman "ran anywhere or he ran after #TrayvonMartin."

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    Greg Warmoth ‏@GWarmothWFTV 10h
    Jury Instructions for #zimmermanon9 http://www.flcourts18.org/PDF/Press_...structions.pdf
    Retweeted by Kathi Belich, WFTV

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    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 1m
    The defense is taking the state's evidence second by second and pointing out the gaps. #Zimmermanon9

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 19s
    Style note: Both O'Mara and De la Rionda have used "I will submit" in prefacing statements/facts they want jurors to believe.

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    Yamiche Alcindor ‏@Yamiche 2m
    O'Mara holds up Zimmerman flashlight and sarcastically calls if an "impact weapon."
    Retweeted by Kyle Hightower

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 27s
    Animation is playing for the jury now. #TrayvonMartin #Zimmerman

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 1m
    O'Mara: "We know the altercation started exactly where #GeorgeZimmerman said it started." Cues up computer animation re-creation.

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 2m
    Jeantel was not there but says she was on the phone with Martin when he confronted #Zimmermanon9 .

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 3m
    He told the jury the state's witnesses confirm #Zimmermanon9 's story about where the fight started despite Rachel Jeantel's testimony.

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 1m
    E 40 is resting her head on her cheek again.

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 2m
    The defense is going to show its animation that it can use as an exhibit but not as evidence. #Zimmermanon9

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 47s
    Juror E40 presses her left hand to her cheek as well as she watches the animation. #zimmerman

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 2m
    Alternate juror E54 assumes normal chin in hand posture as he looks at the screen.

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 36s
    The jury is paying very close attention to the animation in conjunction with the 911 call using the timeline. #Zimmermanon9

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 39s
    O'Mara points out testimony only has been that muzzle of #Zimmerman gun was against #TrayvonMartin clothing, not against chest

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 15s
    This animation was approved by judge as a "demonstrative aide". It won't be back in jury room with jury 4 deliberation.

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    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 55s
    A couple of jurors are taking notes about the animated video. #Zimmermanon9

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 6s
    O'Mara says that the only injuries on #TrayvonMartin were what appeared to be fighting injury on his knuckle.

    Fin Gomez ‏@finnygo 1m
    Jurors closely watched screen during defense animation. E40 had her hand covering her mouth.When lights come up, E6 writes in note pad.
    Retweeted by Kyle Hightower

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 1m
    O'Mara says he's about to take first break.

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 9s
    The defense is staying silent to point out the 4-1/2 minutes between when Martin allegedly ran home and the fight. #Zimmermanon9

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 1m
    O'Mara moving around and chatting with Don West. Rest of room silent.

    OM says that's how long Trayvon had to run....

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 39s
    Martin only had to run the length of a football field to get to his father's girlfriend's apartment. #Zimmermanon9

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 2m
    Juror E13 looks around room as silence persists.

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 27s
    Attorney Benjamin Crump just passed a note to Martin's mother. #Zimmermanon9

    OM: Did the state tell you what happened during that 4 and 1/2 minutes? Do you have any doubt about what Trayvon was doing during that time?
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    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 42s
    Court is in recess for 15 min. #zimmerman.

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 1m
    Says that state never told jury what #TrayvonMartin was doing in four minutes before the altercation began.

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 2m
    O'Mara returns to podium and informs jury that was how long #TrayvonMartin "had to run". Says it was four minutes. #ZimmermanTrial

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    Bill S.....OM will now start honing in on those 4 1/2 minutes and filling in the gaps...the burden of proof chart is very familiar to defense attorneys and is the same as used by the defense in the Caylee trial and her mother was found not guilty.

    OM tried to subtlely make the animation evidence by tying it to the 911 calls.

    OM did not used the curse words and used different words for what GZ said.

    OM used the min. silence to bring out what GZ was saying that TM circled around and attacked him, when he had time to run home instead.

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 37s
    The defense tried to diffuse the impact of prosecutors yelling and yelling #Zimmermanon9 's profanities saying they were pandering.

    OM is having a conversation with the jurors instead of yelling like the state and they have responded.

    Discussing the possible sentences if GZ is convicted of each of the charges. This may be his last day of freedom.

    Bill...juror with chin in hand could be a signal of interest or 'get on with it'.

    Jury is back in....


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    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 54s
    Defense begins closings in George #Zimmerman trial (from @AP) #TrayvonMartin http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268748/con...tguid=QowNubFG

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 2m
    Court is back in session.

    OM: what was Trayvon doing in those 4 min.? Maybe somebody did get angry or decide this confrontation was going to continue? It was the guy who did not run home, TM. Four min. of planning and they want you to ignore it...
    GZ was probably headed back to his car; TM, 4 min. doing something, we know he was on the phone, we know teenagers talk stupidly, for 4 min. TM did something that led to GZ being attacked. Tells jury if you throw out all the statement GZ made later, what is left?

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 53s
    O'Mara: "Four minutes of planning and they want you to ignore that." #zimmerman #TrayvonMartin

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 2m
    O'Mara: "We know (#TrayvonMartin) had the opportunity to go home and he didn't do that."

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 4m
    B28 just glanced at the Martins as the defense asked what Martin was doing for those 4 minutes. #Zimmermanon9

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 5m
    The defense left the jury to think about during the break why Martin was still outside 4 minutes later if he was so scared. #Zimmermanon9

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 41s
    O'Mara holding up picture of #Zimmerman bloody nose: "This is undeniable. This is significant injury."

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 3m
    The defense says Martin is the one who got angry and had 4 minutes to plan what he was going to do. #Zimmermanon9

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    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 14s
    O'Mara: "We have factual innocence."

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 1m
    The defense said the jurors should tell the state never to bring a case like this again. #Zimmermanon9

    OM showing pictures of the state's witnesses chronologically and saying their testimony shows GZ had no ill will or hatred that night, and was not a cop wanna be.

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 1m
    Looks like he is going through all of then one by one.

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 2m
    O'Mara is showing slides of what he says is key evidence from witnesses. #ZimmermanTrial #TrayvonMartin

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 2m
    The defense is showing photos of the state witnesses one by one who gave testimony favorable to #Zimmermanon9 .

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 49s
    Bullet points on these slides that include each witness face are things they said O'Mara says support #Zimmerman innocence.

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    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 1m
    O'Mara opines "Seriously?" for the second time today regarding a prosecution assertion about #zimmerman or evidence.

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 2m
    The defense says #Zimmermanon9 the accused cop wanna be turned down being on citizens patrol even though he would get a car with lights.

    OM to jury: You decide who to believe, who has credibility.

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 45s
    #GeorgeZimmerman father leaning forward to get view if screen for O'Mara slide show if witnesses. #TrayvonMartin

    Jeff Weiner ‏@JeffWeinerOS 3m
    O'Mara repeatedly loudly says "Are you kidding me?" in describing his take on state's "cop wannabe" theory. #ZimmermanTrial
    Retweeted by Kyle Hightower

    OM: Attacking evidence of Mora who said TM was on the bottom.

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 1m
    Some of the jurors are taking notes about the defense pointing out weaknesses in state witnesses' testimony. #Zimmermanon9

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 37s
    The defense is talking about how witnesses statements differ and it's not unusual.. Wanting them to think the same about #Zimmermanon9 's.

    OM: Talks about Rachel not wanting to be a witness...some of what she said doesn't make sense...it took TM 45 min. to walk across the complex from the store, he was probably hanging around the mail boxes...she toned down some of what was said in front of TMs mother..

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 55s
    O'Mara on Jeantel: "Ms. Jeantel didn't want to be here...some of her frailties came out on TV that she prob never wanted to happen"

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 2m
    The defense is talking about Rachel Jeantel and how she did not want to be involved. Crump's foot is thumping the floor. #Zimmermanon9

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    OM going through the rest of the 911 callers and what they said, and the Singleton and Serino interviews with GZ. Serino said there weren't any significant inconsistencies in what GZ said and did not change his opinion. Points out GZ said, thank God the cameras were working.

    State wants you to believe GZ knew those cams were not working and thought 'ha ha', I can get away with it.

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 2m
    O'Mara says there is no evidence that more than one person was screaming. De la Rionda suggested there could have been on Thurs

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 4m
    The defense said Jeantel's story changed because the family lawyer's inappropriate involvement without law enforcement. #Zimmermanon9

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower now
    O'Mara: "If you think #GeorgeZimmerman was only hit four times, fine."

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 2m
    Juror E6, who has been the most active note taker during trial, is at it again. #zimmerman #TrayvonMartin

    OM: The statute does not require any injuries for self defense...0 injuries are needed for GZ to have a fear of bodily harm.

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 2m
    The defense said the state's accusation that #Zimmermanon9 knew enough to lie try to get away with murder is absurd.

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    OM: Lack of blood on GZ and TMs hands, lack of DNA, because it was raining or not packaged correctly.

    Natalie Tolomeo ‏@NatalieTolomeo 2m
    O'Mara says NO injuries are required to respond w deadly force, the statute is clear, testimony from Capt. Alexis Carter referenced
    Retweeted by Kyle Hightower

    OM: He knows TMs parents have to believe that was their son calling for help.
    I'm sure you expected GZs mother to say that also. Points out other defense witnesses said it was GZ calling.

    Kyle Hightower ‏@khightower 2m
    O'Mara: "I know both moms believe with their hearts, their souls it was their son screaming."

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 28s
    The defense said he had to question Martin's mother like a doctor sometimes has to cut someone. #Zimmermanon9

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 2m
    The defense says zero injury is necessary to find #Zimmermanon9 acted in self defense.. even if they believe state medical examiners.

    Kathi Belich, WFTV ‏@KBelichWFTV 24s
    The defense is reminding the jury of all the people who said it was #Zimmermanon9 screaming for help.

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