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Trayvon Martin Murder Trial: Defense Attorney Blames Teen For Death In Closing Arguments

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The defense team made closing arguments on Friday in the Trayvon Martin murder trial.

While the case started out with a second-degree murder charge, the six jurors will also consider manslaughter after Judge Debra Nelson allowed the addition on Thursday.

The manslaughter charge allows jurors who aren’t fully convinced that George Zimmerman intended to kill Trayvon to hold him responsible for the teen’s death.

Defense attorney, Mark O’Mara said the prosecution failed to prove its case.

“If it hasn’t been proven, it’s just not there,” he told the jury of six women. “You can’t fill in the gaps. You can’t connect the dots. You’re not allowed to.”

According to the defense, Zimmerman showed no ill will, hate or spite during his run in with Martin, a necessary element of second-degree murder.

Instead, he told jurors that the teenager plotted his attack in the four minutes between the time he started running and the time of the attack. He kept the courtroom in a 4-minute silence to emphasize his point.

“The person who decided…it was going to be a violent event, it was the guy who decided not to go home when he had a chance to,” he said.

“It is a tragedy, truly, but you can’t allow sympathy.”

Prosecutor, John Guy insisted Zimmerman is a liar and that the teen had reason to be terrified after being followed.

“Isn’t that every child’s worst nightmare, to be followed on the way home in the dark by a stranger,” he asked. “Isn’t that every child’s worst fear?”

He urged the jury not to buy the defense’s version of what happened.

“A teenager is dead. He is dead through no fault of his own,” he said. “He is dead because a man made assumptions. … Unfortunately because his assumptions were wrong, Trayvon Benjamin Martin no longer walks this Earth.”


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  1. […] Shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday night, after two days of deliberating, the six-woman jury found defendant George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. […]

  2. […] Martin’s parents attended much of the trial but were not in the court room for the verdict, and Fulton says she was “in a bit of shock” upon hearing of the not guilty verdict. […]