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UPDATE: George Zimmerman's attorney: case full of gaps

Zimmerman trial
Posted at 9:15 AM, Jul 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-12 07:58:46-04

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman's defense has given its final arguments in the trial over the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara said Friday the prosecution's case was full of gaps and built upon a serious "could've beens" and "maybes." He told jurors the burden was on prosecutors, and he said they hadn't proven Zimmerman's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

A jury of six women could begin deliberations as early as Friday afternoon, and they'll have to decide whether the neighborhood watch volunteer was a wannabe cop or someone who shot the unarmed black teenager in self-defense.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder, but jurors can also choose manslaughter. A conviction on either charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Prosecutors will next give their rebuttal.


SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman's lawyer is telling jurors that the prosecution hasn't proven Zimmerman guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Jurors may start considering later today whether Zimmerman is guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman says he acted in self-defense.

His lawyer, in closing arguments today, said prosecutors had built a case on a series of hypothetical "could've beens" and "maybes."

Yesterday, prosecutors made the case that Zimmerman assumed Martin was a criminal up to no go when he confronted him in his neighborhood. A scuffle followed, and Zimmerman fired his gun.