The George Zimmerman trial enters week two of testimony with an expected shift into scientific evidence.
The highly volatile case against the former neighborhood watch leader, accused of killing teenager Trayvon Martin, resumes on Monday where the emphasis will be the hard evidence the prosecutors have against Zimmerman.
It is expected that forensics experts and investigators that performed testing on the handgun Zimmerman used to shoot the teenager during an altercation between the two last year will be called to testify.
More than 20 witnesses took the stand during the first week of testimony in the controversial, racially charged case.
Zimmerman has said he fatally shot 17-year-old Martin in February of last year in self-defense.
Defense attorney Mark O’Mara said at the end of last week that the trial was progressing at a faster pace than anticipated.
“We’re in the middle of it. They’ve got a lot more to show. These things build up slow, and it’s sort of like pieces of a puzzle,” O’Mara said about the George Zimmerman trial. “People say, ‘wait a minute, I can’t see the picture yet.’ They’re very good prosecutors, they’re gonna do very good job, and they’re gonna put on their evidence. We’ll see how it goes. We’re certainly ready to respond to it.”
Prosecutors argued during opening statements that Zimmerman profiled and followed Martin in his truck and called a police dispatch number before he and the teen got into a fight.
Zimmerman denies that his actions had anything to do with race.
The highlights of last week’s testimony were the 911 call, placed by neighbors, which include screaming in the background. The defense argues that those are Zimmerman’s cries, but Martin’s family says they are that of their loved one.
The jurors also listened to more than six hours of testimony from Tayvon Martin’s friend, Rachel Jeantel, who claims she was on the phone with him when he was shot.
The defense was quick to put holes in the Jeantel’s testimony as well as that of other neighbors with conflicting reports.
Some have stated that during the struggle they saw Zimmerman on top, while others said it was Martin who was pinning him down.
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