Defense Makes Closing Arguments in Zimmerman Trial
The defense team for George Zimmerman began their closing statements on Friday morning, with attorney Mark O'Mara appealing to the jury, arguing that the self-proclaimed neighborhood watchman acted in self-defense in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
O'Mara told the jury that the state made their case against Zimmerman based on "maybes" and hypothetical possibilities.
"To the extent that there are questions or issues that you don't know about George Zimmerman, we're done with the evidence. You're not getting any more information from the State Attorney's office to prove their case against George Zimmerman. Don't assume it. Don't presume it. Don't connect dots. Don't fill in the blanks with anything," he said.
Check out some notable quotes and video clips from the defense's arguments, below. Plus, stay tuned - we'll be adding more highlights as the closing arguments progress.
"You can't help but have a first impression. If I were to walk in today let's say and I just as an example walked in like this. Just walked in the court room as a lawyer you would just have an impression. What in God's name is he doing with his sunglasses on? Where does he think he is? What's with the pinky ring? I put that on because obviously this case has gotten some publicity and I became known as some pinky ring wearing attorney. It's actually my dad's high school ring. It's never been on my pinky but that's all it takes is an impression."
"To the extent that there are questions or issues that you don't know about George Zimmerman, we're done with the evidence. You're not getting any more information from the State Attorney's office to prove their case against George Zimmerman. Don't assume it. Don't presume it. Don't connect dots. Don't fill in the blanks with anything."
"Until you get to the idea, the concept, of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, then you just don't get it. What happens if you don't get here? What stays in place? It's not a civics exam but that presumption of innocence that we talked about never dissipates ever. The presumption of innocence never dissipates until the state proves their case beyond a reasonable doubt."
"Is there any piece of evidence that you have in this case that supports the contention that George Zimmerman ran anywhere or that he ran after Trayvon Martin after he said OK? I have another challenge for the state that I'm going to tell you about. Let him show you in the record of this case that they had evidence that he ran after Trayvon Martin, walked after him, after he said OK. Because if it's there I missed it."
"What else did they decide to bring you about his background? That he didn't make it as a cop at one time. I think you know he works as a fraud guy at a mortgage company. And what else did they show you to buttress their position that George Zimmerman is before you acting out of ill will, spite, hatred - he just hated Trayvon Martin that night. What is their evidence?"
"Four minutes … to do what? To walk home, to run home. The four-minute mile was broken when I was like twelve by somebody, and I think he was in his teens. Don't know if he played football … I don't know if he was a defensive guy on football team, but I do you know you can run a mile in about four minutes if you're in decent shape. So, we know that with the opportunity to go home, that he did not."