Today during the Zimmerman trial’s closing arguments, Trayvon’s mom left the courtroom after defense attorney Mark O’Mara displayed images of the teen’s body while arguing the defendant should walk free.
Trayvon’s mom’s courtroom walk out was the latest in a string of heated and tense moments, and Martin’s dad Tracy and mom Sybrina Fulton have been subject to intense media scrutiny as the press watches to see how they react to key case developments.
As we’re all well aware, it’s the job of the defense to cast doubt on the prosecution’s claims, and in a sense, O’Mara was just doing the work he was hired to do as he made his last plea for the jury to rule in Zimmerman’s favor.
Repeatedly musing, “really? really… ” O’Mara argued in part that the jury should not give any berth to Trayvon Martin or any possible suggestions he did not attack as he said:
“I don’t think you should connect any dots at all. If the decision is made by the state to present additional evidence do not presume, do not assume, do not give anyone the benefit of doubt besides George Zimmerman.”
ABC reports that Trayvon’s mom fled the courtroom, saying the sudden sight of her son’s body used by the defense as they pled a case for his admitted killer was too much for the grieving mother to handle:
“Towards the end of his more than two hour long closing argument, O’Mara held up a photo of Martin’s lifeless body. It prompted Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, to get up and leave the courtroom.”
Prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda (abbreviated often on Twitter as BDLR) had countered:
A teenager is dead and he is dead through no fault of his own. He is dead because another man made assumptions… What was his crime? He bought Skittles?
Trayvon’s mom’s courtroom experience was difficult, it would appear, at other points during defense closing arguments today:
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) July 12, 2013
The arguments that prompted Trayvon’s mom’s courtroom walkout have since concluded, and the jury is preparing to deliberate in the case.