Race is the case: Trayvon Martin murder trial
7/11/2013, 11:48 a.m. | Updated on 7/11/2013, 11:48 a.m.
“The defense counsel has made a very conscious decision that they are committed to making this 17-year-old young, Black child appear to be some thug and throw him into some negative light,” determined the Martin family’s co-counsel, Daryl Parks. “It is totally wrong what they are trying to do to his character and to the image of him in this case. The truth of the matter in this case is about what happened during that seven minutes that the two of them were engaged.”
The prosecution rested its case on Friday, concluding two weeks of testimonies, which they hope has persuaded jurors to render a guilty verdict that will place the defendant behind bars for up to 25 years. Defense made a motion for acquittal, which was denied. The same day, medical-examiner Dr. Shiping Bao explained Trayvon’s slow, painful death.
“I believe he was alive for one to 10 minutes after he was shot. His heart was bleeding until there was no blood left,” Bao told prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda.
Sabrina Fulton and Gladys Zimmerman each claimed it was their son’s screams on a neighbor’s 911 recording from that fateful night.
On Monday, the defense’s first full day saw Tracy Martin deny previously not knowing the screams were his son’s. He later said in court that the recorded cries were the last sounds he heard his child make.