Zimmerman Trial: The Defense Calls Its First Witness

Judge Debra Nelson dismissed the defense's request for acquittal. Earlier: Defense attorney Mark O'Mara moved to have the case thrown out for lack of evidence and his client acquitted.

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Defense attorney Mark O'Mara enters the courtroom for George Zimmerman's trial. (Gary W. Green/pool/Getty Images)

Another witness, Sanford Police Detective Chris Serino, took the stand after Singleton. Serino, who was an advocate for the arrest and charging of Zimmerman early in the investigation, recounted Zimmerman’s story, starting with the call about a suspicious person. Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda showed Serino a close-up image of Trayvon’s face after he was shot and pronounced dead. Serino says that he showed this image to Zimmerman, who said he didn’t know the young man, according to HLN. The prosecutor is now playing video of Zimmerman’s walk-through of the neighborhood that he did with police.

Monday, July 1, 9:30 a.m. EDT: An FBI audio expert whose pretrial testimony helped keep prosecution witnesses from testifying at George Zimmerman’s murder trial has been called to the witness stand, the Associated Press reports. Hirotaka Nakasone took the witness stand Monday to begin the second week of testimony in Zimmerman’s second-degree-murder trial. He said that the screams on the 911 tape were not fit for analysis. But he later added that familiarity with a person’s voice could help with recorded-voice recognition. 

Read our last set of updates on the Trayvon Martin case here.

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