Will jurors believe the testimony of Tracy Martin or Detective Chris Serino?
Twenty days into the George Zimmerman trial, Judge Debra S. Nelson ruled that defense attorneys may tell jurors that Trayvon Martin had a small amount of marijuana in his system the night he was shot and killed by Zimmerman.
If I was accepting of the face of Zimmerman being acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin, yesterday’s developments have all but made it certain.
More damaging than the fact of Martin having marijuana in his system at the time of his death was the testimony of the medical examiner who performed Martin’s autopsy. Shiping Bao stated in his testimony on Friday that the amount of marijuana found in the Martin’s system was enough to affect his behavior.
Trayvon Martin’s father Tracy testified regarding the 911 call he heard on the morning of February 28th. According to detective Chris Serino, Martin was unable to recognize his son’s voice in the recording as he and three defense witnesses testified.
“He looked away and under his voice said, ‘No,'” Serino told jurors.
Another Sanford police investigator, Doris Singleton, backed up that account.
“He was very upset. He was very sad. He hung his head and cried,” Singleton said. “I was choked up myself. … I felt horrible for him.”
“I never said that’s not my son’s voice,” Martin testified. I said I could not be certain, he said.
After listening to the recordings back-to-back about 20 times three weeks later, he was certain that it is Trayvon’s voice, he said.
Why did you listen to it so many times, asked Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda.
“I was just trying to figure out the night of Feb. 26, 2012 — why did the defendant get out of his vehicle and chase my son,” Martin said.
The screams in the phone call, Zimmerman’s 911 call and what eyewitnesses saw is officially out the window with these latest developments.
It gives the defense the perfect depiction of Martin for their case. A troubled kid at school — who was in the wrong neighborhood smoking weed and looking for trouble.
God help us all.
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