Defense requests George Zimmerman trial jurors to see shooting scene during trial
Updated On: May 09 2013 05:00:52 PM EDT
Attorneys for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, have filed a motion to allow the jury to inspect the scene during the trial where Zimmerman shot Martin.
Attorney Mark O'Mara filed the motion on Thursday saying that the jury walking the scene, like Zimmerman is doing with investigators in the video after the Feb. 26, 2012 shooting, would give the jury a better understanding of what witnesses were able to see and hear.
"Because so much is known about the specific timeline of the events leading up to the and including the incident, and because so much is known about the discreet geography of the scene of the incident, details of witness testimony related to time and location will receive extraordinary scrutiny by a jury, perhaps down to seconds and inches," O'Mara wrote. "Each witnesses' perspective, including their ability to hear and their ability to see what they will be testify to would be best explained to the jury with a view of the actual scene."
O'Mara said it's important because none of the witnesses were able to see or hear the entire altercation. He continues, saying "In this way, the jury can best decide how reliable each witness' testimony is and what weight to give the witness ability to see that which the witness testifies to having seen, and to hear that which the witness testifies to having heard."
Meanwhile, state prosecutors are demanding Shellie Zimmerman to be ordered back to deposition after she pleaded the Fifth Amendment during her deposition last week. Shellie Zimmerman is on the defendant witness list so the state says she can be deposed. If the defense calls her at trial, the state can cross-examine her trial.
O'Mara also filed a motion on Thursday to ask the jurors to remain anonymous, meaning their names wouldn't be used in court records or released to the public.
Jury selection for Zimmerman's trial begins on June 10. The next hearing in the Zimmerman case is scheduled for May 28.