Here is George Zimmerman’s testimony at the bail hearing this morning.
I find it very curious as to why he took the stand at all, other than for publicity and to start reshaping his image for potential jurors. While the cross-examination was limited, you can see the dangers of putting a defendant on the witness stand:
(added) As part of the testimony this morning, a police investigator confirmed that Zimmerman suffered head injuries:
“His injuries are consistent with trauma to the back of his head,” investigator Dale Gilbreath said. “There is two lacerations to the back of his head.”
Additionally, the police appear to have no new evidence that Zimmerman initiated the confrontation with Martin:
An investigator for a Florida prosecutor’s office testified on Friday morning that he has no additional evidence to show that George Zimmerman was the one who confronted Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26.
Investigator Dale Gilbreath said he and his fellow investigator, T.C. O’Steen, relied on the 911 call that Zimmerman made before the confrontation along with an interview five weeks after the fact with one of Martin’s friends who said she was on the phone with Martin when the incident began.
Zimmerman’s attorney asked Gilbreath several times whether there was anything else to prove that Zimmerman “confronted” Martin, as the investigators wrote in a sworn affidavit filed April 11 with the 18th Judicial Circuit Court in Florida.
“You have nothing to support the confrontation suggestion?” defense attorney Mark O’Mara said.
“I don’t know,” Gilbreath said. “I think I’ve answered the question.”
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