THE COURT heard from the mother of Trayvon Martin today, as well as Martin’s brother. However, it was associate county medical examiner Shiping Bao who threw a surprise into the proceedings when he started reading from his personal notes in the middle of a contentious cross by defense attorney Don West. He then defiantly objected to handing them over, which Judge Nelson abruptly disabused him was his option.
Bao testified that Trayvon Martin could have been alive for 1-10 minutes, that he also remained in pain, but couldn’t have moved after being shot by George Zimmerman. Bao continually talked over Mr. West, which was only the beginning of the skirmish, with Judge Nelson intervening in exasperation more than once.
The revelation of Bao’s personal notes and that they obviously weren’t shared with the attorneys in the case is sure to continue to be the subject after the lunch break. Bao has really thrown everyone off stride.
Before her testimony, Sybrina Fulton tweeted about her court appearance, praying for God’s guidance, then later tweeted the picture you see here. She presented her testimony with great dignity and composure.
“I heard my son screaming,” said Sybrina Fulton, who listened to the 911 tape of the final moments of his life on Feb. 26, 2012.
Fulton said she had to listen to the tape only once to know it was her 17-year-old son. She also testified that she didn’t think Trayvon was responsible for his own death.
Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, pressed Fulton about when she heard the tape and whether she hoped the voice was her son’s so she would know the teen hadn’t caused his own death. “I didn’t hope for anything,” Fulton said. “I simply listened to the tape.”
Trayvon’s older brother, Jahvaris, a 22-year-old senior at Florida International University, said he also listened to the tape, 10 to 15 times, and said the screams were also made by his brother.
It is possible the state could finish their case today, but finishing with Shiping Bao is a blunder, in my amateur sleuth analysis. With the revelation about Bao’s personal notes, the defense might find items to mine.
UPDATE: The State rests their case. Judge Nelson denied the defense’s request for Judgement of Acquittal. It was fascinating to hear both sides basically giving a mini conclusion, with defense attorney Mark O’Mara asking Nelson for a Judgement of Acquittal. Nelson quickly dismissed the request, saying that the state had given both circumstantial and direct evidence for the charges George Zimmerman is facing.
Judge Nelson allowed the jury to decide if they wanted to continue, which they did. The first two witnesses were George Zimmerman’s mother, then his uncle. Trial resumes Monday morning.