Key moments in the George Zimmerman trial
Kamal Wallace/HLNtv.com | 7/8/2013, 6 a.m.
CNN The trial of George Zimmerman is already two weeks old and has seen its share of memorable moments.
Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch captain, is charged with second-degree murder for killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, on February 26, 2012. Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense.
The prosecution rested its case on Friday after nine days, presenting 38 witnesses and dozens of pieces of evidence. The defense has begun presenting its case. Here is a look at some of the key moments of the trial so far.
- Expletives and a knock-knock joke: Opening statements in the trial kicked off on June 24 with prosecutor John Guy using Zimmerman's own words against him. "[Expletive] punks," said Guy. "They always get away." Guy was referring to a statement Zimmerman made on a non-emergency call to police when he spotted Martin moments before he shot the teenager.
After Guy finished his opening statement, attorney Don West laid out the defense's case. "This is a sad case, of course," West said. "A young man lost his life, another is fighting for his." After that, West told the jurors a knock-knock joke.
"Knock, knock," he said. "Who's there?' 'George Zimmerman.' 'George Zimmerman, who?' 'All right, good, you are on the jury.'"
No one in the courtroom laughed at West's joke. West later apologized saying, "No more bad jokes, I promise that. I was convinced it was the delivery."
- Rachel Jeantel's testimony and demeanor: As Martin walked back from the store to his home of his dad's fiancee, he was talking on the phone with his friend, Rachel Jeantel.
The prosecution's star witness testified for two days about the final moments of Martin's life, saying he told her someone was following him. Jeantel's testimony is key to the state's case that Zimmerman was the aggressor in the confrontation.
"He said the man kept watching him. He kept complaining that a man was just watching him," she told jurors.
When Jeantel asked Martin what the man looked like, she said he told her the man "looked creepy." "Creepy, white -- excuse my language -- cracker. Creepy (expletive) cracker."
Jeantel said she heard Martin talking to Zimmerman in the background of the call. "He said, 'Why are you following me for?' And I heard a hard-breathing man say, 'What you doing around here?' "
The defense went after Jeantel regarding the consistency of the statements she has given about the case. When cross-examined by defense attorney West, Jeantel appeared to become frustrated and agitated by his questions, often rolling her eyes on the stand and smirking when West had his back turned.
When West suggested they break for the day so she would have more time to review her deposition transcript, she defiantly told him, "No, I'm leaving today."
When West asked Jeantel if she was refusing to come back tomorrow, Judge Debra Nelson stepped in and asked West to keep the questions and answers to Jeantel's testimony.