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You're looking live at the courthouse in Sanford Florida where the fate of George Zimmerman is now in the hands of the jury.
Hi everyone I'm Laura Ingraham in for Bill O'Reilly and thanks for watching us tonight and we are officially on verdict watch in the George Zimmerman murder trial.
-- one of deliberations has ended -- -- a verdict.
The six -- all female panel is deciding if George Zimmerman is guilty of second degree murder.
Manslaughter or not guilty of either charge in the death of trade on Martin.
There's also a fourth possible outcome now -- hung jury.
Throughout the hour the factor will bring you the most comprehensive and responsible coverage of every development in this case.
But first a recap of the drama that unfolded today.
During closing arguments the defense asked the jurors one last time to -- George Zimmerman not guilty.
I almost wish and I never citizen from trial before never heard that being said before I always wish that the -- -- Guilty.
Not guilty -- completely innocent.
As our future -- now we got chicken you.
Sure it is and.
The prosecution then gave her a bottle.
The only way.
That it gets to is gone.
The only way.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- backed up so far.
It's -- and couldn't hit.
Didn't shoot trailer -- -- because he had to.
He shot and he doesn't want to.
By mid afternoon the judge charged the jurors and the case is now in their hands.
Joining us now from New York with analysis of the day is judge Alex for -- a former Florida circuit court judge.
And host of judge Alex who has been following.
This case judge said that dramatic wind up to all of this today and first I have to get your take on the defense closing my -- a lot of people have been fairly critical of how the defense has handled this case.
I think -- is -- -- marrow match came with a little less.
Disaster and I would have liked but tells what you take place.
Well I mean that's his style everybody has a different style you know you saw Bernie -- around yesterday and knock out those little over the top -- thought some of you -- guys.
Closing today was a little over the couple dramatic but he did have a motion to work with and the reason they have a motion to work with -- because they don't have a lot.
-- beyond emotion.
Omar is more subtle and more to the point I thought he made a lot of good points I thought that that.
Saying you know I wish it was a box that you could check off innocent because he's totally in this it was good because one of things are concerned about is compromise verdict here a jury sexually charged second with.
You know we don't -- -- say not guilty because this is a seventeen year old was -- who was killed even though they have improved in the case are self defense looks solid.
Maybe we can settle for manslaughter well that's as bad for George Zimmerman as a second degree murder.
So by saying I wish it was a box it's completely innocent.
You can check it -- write it on there it's kind of like not guilty is the compromise.
And he put up good evidence and a good argument.
For a complete not guilty verdict as a matter of law I think the right verdict legally.
Is not guilty but there is that huge risk to the jury's gonna say we wanna compromise and give manslaughter.
And judge before we get to the prosecutors are bottle.
I -- loved at the moment where he hit the stopwatch.
Mara and we went through that for a minute.
Time period for a lot of folks who haven't been following -- tell us what's that forty minutes represented a dead silence in the courtroom.
There is set -- for four -- was dead silent and he said that was the amount of time that Jordan Zimmerman and I'm sorry that you -- Martin had.
To get home if he was really afraid of the prosecutions made this deal about.
-- -- on Martin was afraid of George Zimmerman he was this crazy guy who's following them and who's not afraid of that.
And this pointed out that if you really was afraid.
He had four minutes to get to his house in the house was as he described it -- football throws away from where he was.
So that was that was a very good point but I would -- followed it up because.
They got the allegation of the implication there was.
-- -- didn't wanna go home he was upset that this as he called them -- yes cracker was following him and he wanted to confrontation that was the implication there.
I would've followed up -- with Rachel -- tell who it said in an earlier statement.
Treat bonds said she -- -- -- say to him why you following me and she heard Jordan Zimmerman say what are you talking about if you actually approach somebody you've been chasing.
He wouldn't say what are you talking about what you're talking about is what you say when somebody comes out of the darkness and you weren't expecting them and they confront you say were you follow me.
Now -- feel like what -- -- what do you talk -- -- -- there going why why why you -- and so that's so that will coincide with the four minutes -- he could have gotten away if you wanted to but he didn't because he wanted to confront this guy.
And so you know that was that was very it was very power -- of course the defense used it to say he didn't go home because he didn't want to see where he lived.
Meanwhile the prosecution they get there -- -- can I hip.
He had prosecution gets there a bottle and their argument is about the boy.
Verses that's basically that's strange man that grown man who we referred to as strange.
This strange person and it was very emotional look into your hearts.
-- basically saying are we that type of country.
To allow this type of -- man to go free how did that play again as in the final punctuation mark on this trial.
But I think -- played well I mean this is there is no question this is an emotional case when you have a seventeen year old boy who was unarmed and is killed it it tears your heart strings you know I've mentioned before my my mother unfortunately lost two sons.
I know it's very very.
Difficult to get past losing a child.
So the jury of especially of all women -- any jury would sympathize with this so the prosecution is pounding the emotional side -- this case saying to the jury -- he said.
You know I don't have -- on here to put my arm around like Omar did around George Zimmerman during his closing.
-- so that that does play well but the reason they're playing that is because they don't have anything else the prosecution's theory has changed so many times in this case because they frankly.
Don't have the evidence to be a claim of self defense.
They've originally -- -- dollars on the bottom when that didn't work they said maybe he was standing when that didn't work they said -- he was on top of maybe was backing up.
But they don't have any evidence of that was even going on so.
If they get a conviction for manslaughter.
It'll be because the jury wanted to compromise to not.
Make this seem like something minimal I don't see a conviction for second the stands up on appeal.
Now let's send an -- that's the way to Jerry operates and that's just it to me that's that's that and taking that tack.
It's kind of a travesty right there isn't that it is that I how the justice system -- doesn't work as it is if you give -- justice system as -- impartial missiles to be out.
That that to me is a -- it immediately went down.
It shouldn't go down that way and then you know the bottom line is that I think that that should have been addressed a little more strongly by Omar -- closing he should have talked about compromise and how that is a dereliction of with the duty of the jury they should.
Beat until proven or it's not the bottom exactly judge Alex thanks so much -- up.
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