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Just couldn't put it sweatshirt you wouldn't put on the outside the -- -- it would have been on the ends -- correct part in what is you can find.
Distance wise when you conducted the test with this particular -- This as well was consistent with residues and physical effects of -- contact shot.
He seemed happy and didn't gun was against the make -- when I was fired.
Yes -- And finally states won 31 common what's depicted there.
This is a close up -- clothes.
The test that I had generated with the lighter color -- chart depicting.
A little letter -- -- it caring and beat the blackening of the fabric right right around.
Are your findings consistent.
With the the muzzle of the gun have you been pressed into the dark hooded sweatshirt and then fired through both the dark green sweatshirt and a lighter crowds -- It is consistent with the muscle of the firearms hunting.
The outer sweatshirt and a inner sweatshirt being indirect contact with -- -- yes.
Former Washington DC homicide detective Rod Wheeler joins me live rod what they rehashing this this information we've heard this before.
It's not up for debate whether or not -- Zimmerman shot trade fine what do you make of that.
Well that actually in a homicide investigation and and -- trials such as this Andrea it's very important that you substantiate.
All of the facts that occurred in this particular case including the type of weapon that was used how close was this weapon -- the decedent at the time and what's the -- was -- I'm all of these things are very important when it comes down to the actual trial so you kind of have to go through this so everything I Andrew that we saw today.
Is really normal I don't think -- was anything you know really surprising out of what came out of the testimony as far as the forensics as far as the ballistics there's concern for the gun.
Does it help the defense that there was such a close contact with the weapon.
It really just depends on how you look at -- that's an excellent question and a lot of people are asking well.
If you know -- Zimmer and that was that close to trade mind then how was it that trade body never came in contact with the gun.
And did not have any DNA on his body now Andrea it's very important that the viewers understand that that's going to be a point of contention going forward.
Because the question is if in fact what Zimmerman said it's true that we don't know how we don't know what that's all true.
If in fact what he says is true -- there should have been some DNA.
Some kind of -- -- some kind of transfer of body fluids or something want to trade -- body.
As we know today Andrea that was not the case it was testified.
That there was no DNA whatsoever one Zimmerman from Fremont rod you've worked on a number of these cases how much does that hurt Zimmerman the fact that there is Indiana.
Well I'm I'm not so sure if it's gonna hurt him more help them and let me just tell you why real quickly and that we don't have a lot of time.
You know one thing that was said today Andrea that was very substantial.
And what that is is that the professor.
That used to teach Zimmerman he said something about -- perfect self defense.
And actually if you really think about what he said.
I honestly believe that's where this case has got to go real quickly -- we talk about imperfect self defense we're talking manslaughter.
Not remember Andrea when detective Syria on -- a year ago said.
This case at the bit a manslaughter case and that's former that's where we're gonna go with this case and I think time will tell.
Rod do you think that they overcharged.
Zimmerman here the prosecution I mean it sounds to me like.
They were reaching in there reaching for murder too but from what you're telling me this could be charged down to manslaughter.
Well it could be and you know what this so that the viewers know the judge can actually and -- instruct the jury.
That they have that option -- the judge wants to give them that option.
Of what they call a lesser offense -- they can't actually come back with a verdict of manslaughter as far as overcharging.
I'm not surprised that they went for the big -- though if you will -- charges that's not unusual in cases like this a lot of times you will charge the higher charge.
And then he'll settle on a lesser charge so that's not a big surprise.
But again I think time will tell exactly how it's gonna pan out earlier today Rodham my radio show you said facts are facts and he cannot change -- in this case.
So what do you think do you think that this is just not a good case for the prosecution.
It depends on how you look at it that's an excellent question is this not a good case for the prosecution I don't think the prosecution has done a great job.
In terms of a number of things we -- have a lot of time but even if you look at how they have brought the -- witnesses forward.
What is the strategy for the prosecution.
Is seen in the early on Andrea that the strategy.
Was not working now they did kind of puts up a little bit yesterday.
I mean obviously look at when they put on didn't tell the young seventeen year old girl.
I mean as she did the best option -- done but in reality she should've never been on the stand so you know you have to look at those kind of things and save yourself what is the strategy that the prosecution was attempting to do.
And whether or not that strategy is -- pan out in the end.
That is one thing I've always wondered being one of these armchair jury observers.
Heck are they doing what -- the prosecution doing and I Rod Wheeler thanks so very much.
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