Prosecution rests its case against George Zimmerman

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SANFORD, Fla. -- The prosecution rested its case against George Zimmerman on Friday and the judge denied the defense's request for an acquittal of the case.

Friday's developments in the George Zimmerman second-degree murder trial were filled with emotion, as Trayvon Martin's mother took the stand.

Martin's mother did not hesitate on the stand when asked whether the voice heard screaming for help on a 911 call made the night her son died was Trayvon's.

"Absolutely," she answered.

Earlier Friday, prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda played the 911 call while a stoic Fulton listened. When asked whether she recognized the screaming voice, the mother -- who earlier stated that her son was "in heaven" -- said it was that of "Trayvon Benjamin Martin."

While brief, Fulton's testimony reinforced the prosecution's contention that Martin did not pose a threat to Zimmerman when the former neighborhood watch captain shot and killed him. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty and claimed he shot the teenager in self-defense.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara asked Fulton, "As his mother, there was no doubt it was him screaming?" to which she replied, "Absolutely."

O'Mara then attempted to raise the possibility that Zimmerman was not to blame for her son's death. "You certainly hope, as a mom, that your son Trayvon Martin would not have done anything that led to his death, correct?" he asked.

"What I hoped for," said Fulton, "is that nothing happened and he'd still be here. That's my hope."

Jahvaris Fulton, Martin's older brother, also testified Friday morning about the voice on the 911 call and confirmed his certainty that it belonged to his brother. The 22-year-old college student added that he had "heard him (Martin) yell" before, but "not like that."

He testified that when he first heard the call, he thought it was his brother's voice but wasn't sure. "I guess I didn't want to believe it was him," Jahvaris told O'Mara. "I was clouded by shock and sadness."

Judge Debra Nelson denied a request by O'Mara to play a 2012 TV interview during which Jahvaris Fulton said he wasn't sure whether the screams were those of Martin.

In that interview, Jahvaris said, "I would think it was my brother, but I am not completely positive that it is him." Yet Judge Nelson ruled Jahvaris' testimony matches what he said in that interview, so jurors would not hear it.

The medical examiner also took the stand and testified about the autopsy he performed on Martin. Bao Shiping said the muzzle of Zimmerman's gun was likely in loose contact with Martin's clothing, indicating the teen was shot at close range.

"I believe he was alive for one to 10 minutes after he was shot. His heart was bleeding until there was no blood left," Shiping said as autopsy photos lingered on a courtroom screen, adding that Martin was "suffering (and) in pain."

"There is no chance he could survive. Zero," he said.

 

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