Judge denies request for Zimmerman acquittal
Trayvon Martin's mother testifies
Last Updated: 159 days ago
SANFORD, Fla. - A Florida judge has denied a request from George Zimmerman's defense attorney to acquit the neighborhood watch volunteer of second-degree murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.
Defense attorney Mark O'Mara argued for acquittal Friday after prosecutors rested their case.
O'Mara said prosecutors hadn't proved their case. He said there was enormous evidence presented over the past two weeks that Zimmerman had acted in self-defense.
Prosecutor Richard Mantei argued the state had met its burden and that Zimmerman had lied about what happened.
On Friday, Martin's mother testified that screams for help captured on audio of a 911 call came from her 17-year-old son.
Sybrina Fulton took the witness stand Friday morning, and after the audio was played, prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda asked Fulton, "Who do you recognize that to be?" She replied, "Trayvon Benjamin Martin."
Identifying the screams on the 911 call could be critical to the case because it may help determine who was the aggressor during the scuffle between Zimmerman and Martin.
ME testifies Martin suffered after being shot
The doctor who performed the autopsy on Martin testified that the teen was in pain and suffered after he was shot by Zimmerman.
Defense attorneys on Friday objected when associate medical examiner Shiping Bao described Martin's condition after being shot.
Judge Debra Nelson sustained the objection, and Bao was directed away from that line of questioning.
Bao's testimony followed Martin's mother and brother testifying they believed cries for help on a 911 call are those of Martin.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the fatally shooting. He pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense.
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