Today we heard the closing arguments from the defense as well as the rebuttal from the prosecution in the trial of George Zimmerman.
Let me first remind you that yesterday Judge Nelson ruled on the side of the prosecution to consider the lesser sentence of manslaughter. That was only after the prosecution attempted to get the judge to allow for a third degree murder charge, claiming that Zimmerman had committed child abuse because of Martin's age (17). The judge ultimately ruled against the state's request for third degree murder, but manslaughter will be considered.
Yesterday we heard the prosecution's closing statement, which was laced with profanity, conspiracy theories, innuendo and even took a shot at yours truly. In the end, I don't think the prosecution's closing argument was all that convincing in proving that George Zimmerman did not need to resort to self defense to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm.
The prosecution's rebuttal focused on the idea of “what was in Zimmerman's heart.” But I think it is quite a stretch on the part of the state to try and convince the jury that Zimmerman was acting out of hatred or malice. If they were trying to prove that Zimmerman was a bad guy, or a liar, I don't feel they did an adequate job in doing so.
Just a reminder that what the jury is deciding is whether or not George Zimmerman was unreasonable in his belief that he could suffer imminent death or great bodily harm. Physical injuries are not even necessary in order to justify deadly force in order to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm.
Was George Zimmerman unreasonable in his belief that his life was in danger or that he could suffer great bodily harm? That was the state's burden to prove. In my opinion, they failed to do so.
Meanwhile, the defenses' closing argument today by Mark O'Mara was methodical, utilizing calm language, charts, and even four minutes of silence to help emphasize one of his points. The jury finally got to see an animated rendition of what happened the night of the shooting. O'Mara also used actual concrete slabs to make the point that Martin did have weapons at his disposal to cause great bodily harm: Concrete. Between that and the testimony we've heard of Martin's ground-and-pound, MMA-style assault on Zimmerman, I think it is extremely difficult to say that George Zimmerman didn't feel as though he could at least suffer great bodily harm at the hands of Martin.
O'Mara told the jury today that he believes the only conclusion they could reach is "innocence. Pure, unadulterated innocence." It's incredibly difficult to predict how a jury will decide, but based on what I've seen I believe we should see an acquittal from the jury.