George Zimmerman trial: Highlights of closing arguments

By Andrea Torres, Local10.com Reporter, atorres@local10.com
Published On: Jul 12 2013 08:44:04 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 12 2013 09:52:56 PM EDT

George Zimmerman trial defense attorney Mark O'Mara presented the defense's closing statement Friday.

SANFORD, Fla. -

Closing arguments in the George Zimmerman trial began Thursday and ended Friday in Sanford, Fla.

Six women will decide the fate of the 29-year-old crime watch volunteer, who killed an unarmed 17-year-old on a rainy Feb. 26, 2012. It was dark, and no one saw how the fight began. 

Zimmerman listened to prosecutors call him a liar Thursday. The Martin family watched a defense attorneys' animation that showed an avatar of their son Friday. And a juror may have shed a tear during rebuttal Friday afternoon.

Here are the highlights of the impassioned final round:

THE DEFENSE

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara presented the defense's closing argument Friday.

O'Mara presented the defense's controversial animation, which depicted the night of Feb. 26, 2012. It showed an avatar of Trayvon Martin walking toward an avatar of Zimmerman, and punching him in the face. Zimmerman's avatar fell to the ground. 

The animation also showed Trayvon's avatar on top of Zimmerman's avatar and played Retreat at Twin Lakes resident Jenna Lauer's 911 phone call.  It also based some of the action on Retreat at Twin Lakes resident John Good's testimony.

O'Mara also showed a 10-feet-long time line. [Click here to view a version the defense released.] He carried a piece of concrete and put it on the ground in front of the jurors. 

These are some of statement's O'Mara made Friday morning:

"We know the altercation started exactly where George Zimmerman said it started."

"The fact that [Zimmerman] was going to say it on a recorded call to law enforcement is evidence of non-guilt"

"If you don't know it, it hasn't been proven. You can't connect the dots for the State Attorney's case, you're not allowed to do it," O'Mara said. "If you're not careful, you will connect the dots when you're not supposed to." 

O'Mara said it was apparent Zimmerman wanted to be of service to the community, and "he wanted to be involved ... and, yeah, he wanted to be a cop."

"When I first got this case, I thought it was going to go in 20 minutes," defense O'Mara said. He said he thought all he had to do was identify the screamer in the 911 call recording.

"I'm not going to allow you or the state to ignore the realities of what happened that night."


THE PROSECUTION 

Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda presented the prosecution's closing argument Thursday.

These are some of statement's de la Rionda made Friday morning:

"A teenager is dead. He is dead through no fault of his own," De la Rionda said. "He is dead because a man made assumptions ... Unfortunately because his assumptions were wrong, Trayvon Benjamin Martin no longer walks this earth."

"He assumed Trayvon Martin was a criminal. That is why we are here," de la Rionda said.

"The law doesn’t allow people to take the law into their own hands," de la Rionda said. "This defendant didn't give Trayvon Martin a chance."

"How does he [Zimmerman] get the gun out? Armpits -- how does he get the gun out?" De la Rionda said. "The truth does not lie."


THE PROSECUTION'S REBUTTAL 

Prosecutor John Guy spoke softly and in a poetic tone he talked to the jurors about the human heart. 

"What was in Trayvon Martin's heart?" Guy said. "Fear."

"Isn't that every child's worst nightmare, to be followed on the way home in the dark by a stranger?"

"If there was a window into that man's soul," Guy said. "It were the words that came out of his mouth."

"If he [Zimmerman] really wanted the police to get Trayvon Martin, he would have stayed in his car...and waited for the police."

"In the end, this case is not about standing your ground," Guy said. "It is about staying in your car."

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