Photographer: Gary W. Green
A crime scene technician for the Sanford Police Department shows the jury in the George Zimmerman murder trial the bag of Skittles Trayvon Martin was carrying home when he was killed.
News organizations Thursday reported prosecutors in the George Zimmerman trial blasting the defendant's self-defense claim in closing arguments on behalf of second degree murder charges. The jury could also find Zimmerman guilty of manslaughter, with the maximum sentencing for manslaughter, 30 years - and the maximum for 2nd degree murder, life. They could also find him "not guilty" for killing the teenager, letting him walk. The defense is scheduled to make its closing arguments on Friday.
The prosecutor called Zimmerman a liar who should be held accountable for his actions as a wannabe policeman. "A teenager is dead," said Bernie de la Rionda. "He is dead through no fault of his own. He is dead because another man made assumptions."
Young Trayvon Martin was on his way home with a bag of Skittles and ice tea to watch a sports show with family and friends. He was followed by a self-annointed neighborhood watchman named George Zimmerman who found him suspicious for no justifiable reason. Zimmerman phoned the police who told him not to follow Trayvon, yet Zimmerman continued to follow the teenager, and eventually, killed him minutes from his destination by shooting him at point blank range through the heart. During the incident, Trayvon was talking on the phone with a childhood friend who stayed with him on the line as he described being followed by this (then unknown) individual, and as he fled home in fear.