Jurors in the George Zimmerman trial saw photos of
17-year-old Trayvon Martin's body today during dramatic police testimony about
the night of his shooting.
The most recent witness called by the state, Zimmerman neighbor Selene Bahadoor, said she heard noises and what sounded like running on the night of the shooting, and looked out her sliding glass door.
She said she saw two people, standing, but couldn't identify them. She described what she saw as "figures and arms flailing."
Later, Bahadoor said she heard the gunshot, returned to the door and saw a "body in the grass... I remember it being face down."
Defense attorney Mark O'Mara grilled Bahadoor on whether she'd changed her testimony. She testified today that she thought the running moved from left to right outside her back door, and O'Mara asked her if she initially told Sanford police that.
"I don't know, I can't remember," Bahadoor said, later adding that it's possible today was the first time she mentioned it in an official statement. She was shown transcripts of her prior statements and said she mentioned the running, but not the direction.
The first state witness called this afternoon was Sanford police Sgt. Anthony Raimondo, one of the first officers to arrive at the scene after the shooting.
Raimondo described arriving at the scene: He saw Zimmerman in handcuffs, and another officer standing over Trayvon, who was face down in the grass.
"I attempted to get his pulse," but there was none, Raimondo said, adding that he also performed CPR. "I breathed for Mr. Martin... I tried to, sir."
Jurors were also shown photos of Trayvon's body. The teen's father, Tracy Martin, left the courtroom as the photos were displayed. One photo was a close-up image of the bullet hole in Trayvon's chest.
After Raimondo testified, the state called Diana Smith, a crime scene technician for Sanford police, who described documenting evidence from the shooting scene.
Smith took the jurors through a diagram of the shooting scene, and then showed them pieces of evidence she collected, including items Trayvon was carrying: Skittles, an Arizona soft drink, a red lighter, his cell phone and a pair of ear-bud headphones.
Later in Smith's testimony, the jury saw photos of Zimmerman's face and head, some of which showed cuts and blood. The jury also saw Zimmerman's clothes and his gun.
Smith said she searched around the shooting scene for blood, including the sidewalk where Zimmerman says Trayvon bashed his head into the concrete, but didn't find any. On cross examination, she said the search was thorough, but acknowledged it was raining.
This morning, jurors heard testimony from Wendy Dorival of the Sanford Police Department, who oversaw the Neighborhood Watch program Zimmerman coordinated.
She said Neighborhood Watch volunteers shouldn't follow suspicious people: They're told "don't do that. That's the job of law enforcement," she said.
On cross-examination, Dorival said that Zimmerman was helpful in raising awareness about the program. She also said that burglaries were the "number one concern for most of the residents" in the Retreat at Twin Lakes, where Zimmerman lived.
Crime data Dorival reviewed showed that concern was legitimate, she said, adding that volunteers are encouraged to keep an eye out for suspicious people and
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