Michael Pearson with CNN reports that George Zimmerman, the neighborhood
watch volunteer charged with the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin
during a fight last year, has decided not to testify in his own defense.
With the decision behind him, his defense lawyers rested their case. Closing
arguments will soon begin, and then it’ll be in the hands of jurors
to decide whether or not Zimmerman is guilty of second-degree murder,
and could return a verdict in days or weeks.
Zimmerman argued that he shot Martin in self-defense, while prosecutors
argued the opposite, that Zimmerman had criminal intent in using his gun
during the altercation.
Both sides apparently have little in the way of solid evidence showing
exactly what happened that night, when Zimmerman, by virtue of his suspicions
as a neighborhood watch volunteer, followed Martin through the neighborhood,
and the two came to blows.
Witness testimony on both sides seems to be the bulk of the evidence offered
to the jury in making its determination – not whether the killing
took place, but whether Zimmerman was justified in using deadly force
as a matter of self-defense.
This evidence includes the 911 phone call from Zimmerman as he was pursuing
Martin, as well as testimony regarding a cry for help.