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Update: Zimmerman hasn't made up mind on testifying

Zimmerman trial
Posted at 10:44 AM, Jul 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-10 10:08:36-04

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman hasn't made up his mind on whether he will testify at his second-degree murder trial.

When asked by the judge Wednesday, Zimmerman said he hoped to make a decision by the end of the day.

Defense attorney Don West objected several times to the judge's asking if Zimmerman would testify. But the judge overruled him.

Jurors were out of the courtroom.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. He is pleading not guilty, claiming he fatally shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense.

Jurors already have heard of Zimmerman's account from recorded police interviews played in the courtroom.


SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida judge has ruled that Trayvon Martin's cellphone texts on fighting and a defense animation depicting the fight between Martin and George Zimmerman won't be introduced as evidence at Zimmerman's trial.

Judge Debra Nelson made her ruling Wednesday, a day after she heard arguments on the matter.

The judge says the animation can't be introduced as evidence that can be reviewed by jurors during their deliberations but defense attorneys may be able to use it during closing arguments.

The judge says she agrees with prosecutors' objections to introducing the 17-year-old's text messages.

Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, is charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing Martin during a fight in Zimmerman's neighborhood. He's pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense.


SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - Defense attorneys are finishing up their case in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial in central Florida.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara says the defense could wrap up their presentation Wednesday.

Judge Debra Nelson still has to decide two issues.

The first is whether to grant a defense request to allow jurors to view an animation that depicts Zimmerman's fight with Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager who was fatally shot in February 2012 in a Sanford, Fla., gated community.

The other issue is whether she will allow Martin's text messages that purportedly deal with fighting.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder. The former neighborhood watch volunteer is pleading not guilty, claiming he shot and killed Martin in self-defense.