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Well at this hour as we await the jury's verdict on whether that.
Fatal shooting of -- -- -- adds up to a second degree murder charges manslaughter or self defense and many are keeping close watch outside the courthouse.
Ready to react to the jury's decision.
Fox News where -- series joining us live now with the latest.
-- -- -- Good afternoon -- were told by a court official of the jurors are going to break for lunch between 12 and 1 o'clock eastern time.
This afternoon they're going to eat lunch inside the courthouse meanwhile outside the courthouse behind me.
You may notice that.
Of the group of protesters that have been outside here the group is slowly growing and it's expected to continue to grow as we go.
A later into this afternoon now while most of the protesters here been calling.
For the jury to convict George Zimmerman there are a handful of supporters.
For the defendant and occasionally you'll see both sides engaging one another in debate.
So far those debates and the protesters.
As a whole have remained peaceful.
And law enforcement authorities are warning folks on both sides not to use the jury's eventual verdict as an excuse to break the law.
While the case has been a polarizing issue for activists outside the courthouse inside jurors are having to -- the merits of two.
Very different versions of the same event the February 2012 shooting -- seventeen year old trade on Martin during closing arguments prosecutors describe -- As a child gunned down by an overzealous neighborhood watch captain who incorrectly profiled him as a criminal.
The defense portrayed Zimmerman as the victim.
Reluctantly firing his weapon for fear of his life as the teen allegedly attacked him although Zimmerman is charged with second degree murder.
The jury has also been instructed to consider.
The lesser offense of manslaughter slaughter if convicted Zimmerman.
Could face a prison sentence lasting for the rest of his life that would be the maximum sentence -- -- thank you so much that I update and are keeping close watch on all the developments happening there we will check back with you.
If -- verdict does come through after three weeks of testimony inside that courthouse attorneys on both sides of this case offered -- emotional closing arguments on Friday.
Prosecutors want the jury to see Zimmerman as a wannabe cop.
Who profiled her bond market as a criminal defense arguing -- Zimmerman was guilty of only trying to protect his own life when he fatally shot Martin.
Joining us now with some insight on the case criminal defense attorney.
-- stories now from New York welcome great to have you here.
You know those closing arguments were dramatic Zimmerman lawyer Mark O'Meara scolding prosecutors as having -- the jurors' heads with -- guesswork not evidence.
Do you think this is having in terms the jurors' reaction.
Well I thought -- was very effective yesterday I would have liked to have seen a little more drama little more emotion.
-- George -- is on trial offers life essentially here and I thought more could've come out a little more fire certain points and been a little bit shorter.
But I can tell you what the -- is not doing.
They're not doing what more ask them to do which was going to the back.
And assess first the stand your ground -- ground -- the self defense and come back with -- not -- -- quickly.
Had they done that this I think would have been -- quick very.
We're into six and half hours now they've asked for various forms of evidence that was submitted during the trial so they're being responsible they're taking their time and they're going through.
There was a moment when -- brought out a slab of concrete to spotlight the fact the defense one of the jurors to understand that it was a weapon.
The trade I'm -- used and that he was the aggressor on Zimmerman.
Here's part of that argument in court yesterday.
It has not been gone wrong tinted.
With nothing but -- Trying to get who.
Somebody -- reduced the availability.
Of dangerous items from his fist.
To the concrete.
Great bodily injury.
There's this desire for self defense.
They're great bodily injury against tourism and these suggestions I've stated.
That that's not -- weapon.
But that can't hurt somebody.
But that can cause great bodily injury is disgusted.
How effective was that argument.
That was one of the more dramatic points from walk on merits insisting he made reference to the fact that he resembles physically -- Goldstein.
And I think his mannerisms and his charisma is sort of you know a platform -- as well as Joseph hosting.
You know he did something -- -- with a video that I thought was very effective and the prosecution made tactical tactical error in my opinion in not allowing.
The video to be played -- trial had the who put -- in as evidence during the trial they could have -- -- they could have impeached instead Moore was allowed to play in summation.
Without any comment without any attacks without any impeachment.
From the prosecution I think that was fatal flaw because the jury visually walks away with the version of the events as the defense wants you to see.
Listening to -- summations from prosecution twice and the rebuttal twice.
I'm still unsure as to what their theory is there's too many gaps they ran around a courtroom and the summation.
Like rabid dogs yelling screaming high octane lots of energy.
But none of it connected and there's an old saying in trial law if you have the evidence -- -- -- evidence and you yell about the evidence if you have the -- -- yell about the governance if you have nothing you just -- and that's -- we saw from the prosecution really thought it was an abysmal.
Job by the body prosecution.
The other State's rebuttal though prosecutor John and I asked jurors to user common sense and said in his heart.
He -- -- Herman showed -- hatred and ill will towards -- In his description you before -- -- he repeatedly were referred to him as.
A child who had every right to defend himself from a stranger -- president on die from them in the courtroom.
We don't have the defendant's blood.
On his hands.
For -- Entry it's well.
So is very dramatic in the air and then referring to Martin as a child that was a departure in the waiting for trade.
Martin at the start of this trial is -- it.
Absolutely and that was part of it -- through went through skills.
Sugary iced tea drinks young indicated just walking home.
They can't explain where he was for those foreign -- moment of silence if you will -- -- -- demonstrated for the court which for -- could have left the area could have left the scene.
Could've gone home -- been secured his house are not faulting him by any means for not having done that he was when he was lawfully entitled to -- But as emotional as that rebuttal was from the prosecution.
It didn't connect the facts and the law and the jewelry.
God willing is going to judge this case based upon the -- and should come back.
With two not guilty east of manslaughter in the second manslaughter and murder in the second degree we shall see what lies ahead a key -- thank you so much for joining us your insights and.
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