mounted fighting position. Jurors previously heard testimony from a Zimmerman
neighbor who said he saw Trayvon on top of Zimmerman in that position.
The top is the position of strength in the "ground and pound," Pollock said.
The first witness called today was Zimmerman's friend and former coworker Sondra Osterman. She said she's sure the voice heard screaming before the fatal shot, captured by a neighbor's 911 call, is Zimmerman's.
"Yes, definitely, it's Georgie... I hear him screaming," she said.
On cross-examination, prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda noted that Osterman and her husband, who testified earlier, wrote a book about the case. Osterman said she didn't know how many copies sold. The money is being saved for Zimmerman, she said.
She also identified Zimmerman's voice in his non emergency call reporting Trayvon as suspicious, in which he said "these assholes, they always get away."
On further questioning from defense attorney Mark O'Mara, Osterman said she didn't hear any ill-will, hatred or spite in Zimmerman's voice. All of those terms are elements of the murder charge Zimmerman faces.
Osterman's husband, Mark Osterman, took the stand next. A federal air marshal who describes Zimmerman as his best friend. He testified that he advised Zimmerman in getting a concealed weapon permit and choosing his gun.
He said he advised Zimmerman to choose a gun without an external safety, which Mark Osterman said can be dangerous to the user in a life-threatening situation.
He also testified it's normal and advisable to carry the gun with a bullet in its chamber, as Zimmerman did on the night of the shooting. Mark Osterman said it's typically policy for law enforcement officers to have a round in the chamber.
On cross examination, he acknowledged Zimmerman is not law enforcement -- "not at all" -- and agreed there's a difference in the authority of police versus ordinary citizens.
The defense later called Geri Russo, a former Zimmerman coworker who also testified that she was sure the screaming voice was Zimmerman's. On cross examination, she acknowledged that she's never heard Trayvon's voice.
Jurors also heard from longtime Zimmerman friend Leanne Benjamin, who also testified the screams were Zimmerman's. She said she'd heard him yell before, when they worked on a local political campaign together.
She also acknowledged she'd never heard Trayvon's voice. She said Zimmerman, in his call reporting Trayvon as suspicious, sounded "winded," or it sounded like it was windy outside. She later testified she didn't think his use of profanity indicated ill will, anger, spite or hatred.
Benjamin's husband, John Donnelly, testified next. He said he developed the ability to distinguish screaming voices during his time as a combat medic in Vietnam.
"There's absolutely no doubt in my mind that is George Zimmerman," he said of the 911 screams. He also acknowledged, however, that Zimmerman is a close friend. He has donated $3,000 to Zimmerman and bought him suits to wear in court, the witness acknowledged.
The state rested its case against Zimmerman, 29, on Friday. Prosecutors allege he profiled the Miami Gardens teenager Feb. 26, 2012, then pursued and killed the teen.
Zimmerman says he acted in self-defense after Trayvon attacked and began beating him.
In a new motion, prosecutors have asked Circuit Judge Debra Nelson to prohibit the defense from playing an animated version of what they contend happened between Zimmerman and Trayvon.
Jurors should not be allowed to see it because it is not "a complete or accurate record" of what happened, wrote prosecutor Richard Mantei.
It also would do irreparable harm to the state, he wrote in the motion filed Friday but made public today.
Jurors on Friday heard from family members for the defendant and the teen, on the subject of who was heard screaming for help before the fatal gunshot.
The screams were captured by a neighbor's recorded 911 call, which was played multiple times in court Friday. Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton, and his brother both said they hear the 17-year-old's voice.
Later, after the state rested, Zimmerman's mother and uncle testified to the contrary: It was Zimmerman, then a Neighborhood Watch volunteer at the Retreat at Twin Lakes, who was crying out in the recording, his family members said.
Zimmerman faces up to life in prison if convicted as charged. His defense unsuccessfully argued to have the case thrown out on Friday; the state failed to meet its burden to proceed, Zimmerman's defense lawyers said.
Nelson denied that motion.
The trial will continue to be closely watched. When Sanford police didn't arrest Zimmerman after the shooting, saying they couldn't disprove his self-defense claim, the case sparked widespread civil rights protests.
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