Defense Rests Without Zimmerman Taking the Stand

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July 10 2013 3:51 PM

Defense Rests Without Zimmerman Taking the Stand

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Defense attorney Mark O'Mara, left, and George Zimmerman shake hands at the start of day 18 of Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court, July 3, 2013 in Sanford, Florida

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And the defense rests, via the Orlando Sentinel:

As George Zimmerman's defense team wrapped up its case, the defendant in 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's shooting said this afternoon he will not testify in the second-degree murder trial.
Minutes ago, the defense just called its last witness: Robert Zimmerman Sr., the defendant's father, testified briefly. Zimmerman Sr. said that he's sure the voice heard screaming in a 911 call before the fatal shot was his son. Before Zimmerman Sr., the defense called Olivia Bertalan, a former Zimmerman neighbor who was the victim of a home invasion by two young African American males several months before the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting.
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Zimmerman's team opened its defense this past Friday after the prosecution rested. The state, however, plans to call rebuttal witnesses, so the closing statements will need to wait for at least a bit longer, most likely until tomorrow. Slate's Crime columnist Justin Peters has been keeping tabs on the case. His preliminary conclusion based on what we've heard so far: Zimmerman is probably going to walk—and that’s not a bad thing.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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