Zimmerman Decides Not To Testify In His Own Defense

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.

Source: Zimmerman declines to testify; defense rests