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Mo Ivory: Trayvon Martin Didn’t Have To Die (Day 2 Of Testimony At The Zimmerman Trial)

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He was so young, so slim, so tall, so handsome.

Trayvon Martin was my son, your son, our son. And he didn’t have to die that rainy Sunday night.

Day Two of the testimony in State of Florida v. George Zimmerman introduced us to five new prosecution witnesses, intense cross-examination by the defense team and graphic pictures of Trayvon Martin’s dead body moments after being killed by Zimmerman.

The images became all too much for Martin’s parents. His father had to leave the courtroom and his mother, Sybrina, kept looking away.

I was almost going to change the channel but I was too afraid to miss the testimony. It made my heart ache.

There was testimony from Wendy Dorival, volunteer coordinator for the Sanford Police Department. Dorival stated that neighborhood watch volunteers are not supposed to follow suspects; and according to the manual she had given Zimmerman, neighborhood watchmen were not to act as vigilante police.

With that, she added that Zimmerman was a professional person and she tried to recruit him to a citizen’s patrol program; but he declined.

Later, the state began questioning Sergeant Anthony Raimondo Jr., one of the first officers to arrive at the scene after the shooting. He was professional, poised and appeared to be very credible.

He was there to set the scene the night the unarmed 17-year-old was killed. His firsthand knowledge is key for the prosecution’s case. He is the officer that tried to save Martin’s life by giving him CPR.

With the aid of a large screen projector, Raimondo presented photos of the neighborhood and graphic images of Martin’s’s slain body (including a close-up image of the bullet hole in his chest, his face, hands, clothes and body).

After hours of bothersome testimony and photos, next up was Diana Smith, the crime-scene technician who gathered evidence from the scene. She pulled out the Kel-Tec 9 mm handgun from its evidence box.

It was the first time the actual gun used by Zimmerman was seen in public after the killing.

Next, prosecutors began calling neighborhood witnesses to testify about the events of the night. The first of the witnesses was Selene Bahadoor, an African-American woman who lives in the subdivision.

She testified that the night Zimmerman killed Martin she heard running, from left to right, and a voice saying, “No,” or “Uuuuuuuuh.”

Bahadoor said when she looked out, it was too dark to identify anyone, but she saw figures with their arms “flailing.”

She then testified to pulling food off her stove, hearing a gunshot, and looking out the window and seeing a body in the grass.

Defense attorney Mark O’Mara cross-examined Bahadoor and challenged her credibility, pointing out that she had not come forward and given police a statement for several days. She also signed an online petition relating to having Martin’s killer arrested. She was basically discredited by O’Mara.

In my opinion, Day 12 of the trial (Day 2 of the testimony) was a win by the defense.

O’Mara cross-examined every prosecution witness and basically did a great job of laying out what his arguments will be; one being that Martin was on top of Zimmerman and he was fighting him and winning. Thereby leaving the jury to believe Zimmerman needed to protect himself. Also known as self-defense.

Looking forward to Day 13 and the key prosecution witnesses that will testify about the screams heard on the night of the shooting. And especially looking forward to hearing the female friend of Trayvon’s who was on the phone with him that night.

- Mo Ivory, CBS Local

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