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The second degree murder trial -- -- Zimmerman entering its third week of testimony today in Florida the defense getting its turn today.
After prosecutors rested their case last Friday their goal to convince jurors that Zimmerman killed -- on -- in self defense.
We've already heard from some of Zimmerman -- family but we still don't know whether George Zimmerman himself will take the stand.
Joining me now Jennifer -- -- criminal defense attorney doctor Michael Baden forensic pathologist and -- Fox News contributor.
And Susan Constantine a jury consultant welcome to each of you.
Jennifer to you first that it just having.
You know kept your nose.
Into this case and having heard.
What the prosecution presented.
Do they have enough to get a second degree murder conviction in your view.
I think that it they may follow little shorts.
I think that there's enough contradictory evidence that that defense can do wonders with that in closing argument at the same time.
I do think -- that in self defense cases it's really important for the defendant to take the stand.
And to explain his state of mind because otherwise.
The parties are simply arguing inferences from the evidence and -- may not be enough.
To commence this jury where that he did an act intentionally so.
I I I think the prosecution has asked a fair amount of evidence.
I don't know that it's enough to get second degree murder but I would still be inclined to put my kinda gone to to to testify and tell his side of the story.
Good to mothers of the the victim and the defendant in this case have both taken the stand.
Susan you're the jury consultant.
I just want to ask you.
How does the jury process that when both mothers.
Say -- that's my son I heard screaming in that phone call.
Well mother fled I expect for you to stay back so I think that at this tends to -- -- watch.
I find that it's gonna be more important is what others let's say don't they don't have a stake in it.
Those that don't have an -- and that.
I think it that is really was what what is more received by the jury and I'm also seeing the jury noting that others not so much the parent.
In fact when Sabrina took the -- know -- to giving up and they didn't even make eye contact.
-- you're saying that you're suggesting that that maybe doesn't bode well for.
You know for the prosecution for for the -- on Martin's side for lack of a better term.
Well what it's telling me never want is that they don't want to make eye contact is a couple -- that's what.
One evident that they don't want to connect emotionally get themselves -- that.
And also to these are my -- and to face another person and I have another mother -- someone it's very emotional so they chose to not connect.
Not because -- fairly -- Cintron.
And doctor Baden you're you're the forensic pathologist here the wounds on the back of Jordan Zimmerman head.
Would seem to be very important to this case we know he's.
I think about five foot 900 and some things.
-- on Martin much bigger 62 and over 200 -- I think close to 220 pounds.
What do those wounds on the back of his head say -- you.
Well that were true.
-- -- wounds they knew they were sure this moral.
Superficial lacerations that didn't need any kind of sutures.
That -- by themselves.
The kind of thing that happens in fist fights when I was a kid.
A bloody nose and -- fight and indeed.
It wasn't quite brought out by the prosecutor.
Two things one that the bloody nose was never shown to medically to be a fracture.
But more important that the UY two inch wide -- wing of the gun shot.
-- On the -- -- on Barton was more indicated of he's being backing up.
Rather than lying on top.
Zimmerman -- -- -- by his face.
That didn't come out.
Really from the medical examiner nor from the prosecutors' questioning of him.
I had one more question.
Regarding the testimony that that these jurors have heard.
Do you think that they are going to want to hear George Zimmerman take the stand if he doesn't take the stand is that going to hurt the defense case.
I don't think it's gonna hurt the defense case that always they like to be able to hear the boys.
They wanna hear this story of George Zimmerman but I also believe that all of the testimony we heard.
And all of the video that we've heard they've actually heard from Jordan -- and without I'm actually saying -- ports and ports.
All right so -- if if you were his defense.
If you were his defense attorney Jennifer would you put him on the stand.
Yes -- really interesting case because you you don't usually do not get to hear from the defendants from video.
And in a case like this you would always have to put him on the stand even get the evidence out but.
But it is true that did the jury has heard.
Evidence through video on and that wouldn't need a defense attorney to say OK well maybe we don't need to put -- -- too much risk to put my and we don't want getting -- we don't want us credibility.
But at the same time I believe in self defense cases as a general -- I think in this case as well.
If the jury wants to connect.
With this person they wanna get to know him and from video and may not be enough so I'm still on the camp I think I put him on I mean.
You know if any if there may be some small impeachment that he should be able to explain it.
You have to take risks sometimes and this is a case and I think I would still be inclined to put him on.
Jennifer bond -- Susan Constantin doctor Baden whom we only got one question do but I'll get to next time.
Thank you okay.
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