UPDATED ON 7/11: The judge in the Trayvon Martin murder case agreed to instruct jurors they can consider the lesser charge of manslaughter during deliberations.
And so, without testimony from the defendant, George Zimmerman, the defense has rested. But many of us will not.
This second degree murder trial has been torturous to watch, particularly in our community. As our daily social media column, “Web Reacts” reveals, there were some wondering why there was even a need to bring this to court.
It seems obvious to some that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was stalked by a man he did not know, and regardless whether a fight ensued, the end result is that George Zimmerman lived to see another day. Case closed….but that’s just one side.
The defendant in the case, a 29-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer, spins a tale that involves a violent attack from the teen who he claims jumped at him from the bushes. Though Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, testified powerfully that it was her son she could hear screaming for help and mercy in a 9-1-1- recording of the fatal encounter, Zimmerman had a team of witnesses get up on the stand and say just the opposite…that it was their loved one in distress.
We cannot even imagine what will happen when the verdict is in on a case that has divided this country and raised serious issues of racial profiling. On Facebook, we have already witnessed at least one call for a national Black out (African Americans staying home in protest on the day of the verdict if Zimmerman walks), but we want to know what you think.