Zimmerman lawyer says Martin lay in wait

2013-07-12 22:31
A demonstrator holds up a sign during a rally for Trayvon Martin in New York. (File, AP)

A demonstrator holds up a sign during a rally for Trayvon Martin in New York. (File, AP)

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Sanford - Trayvon Martin spent four long minutes preparing to attack George Zimmerman, time when he lay in wait before throwing the first punch in a confrontation that ended in his death, Zimmerman's defence lawyer said in closing arguments on Friday.

With closing arguments concluded, the case, which has captivated and divided much of the US public, has now gone to the jury.

Before the jury began deliberations at 14:30 eastern time (18:30 GMT), lead defence lawyer Mark O'Mara attempted to shift the blame to Martin, the unarmed, black 17-year-old whom Zimmerman shot dead last year.

O'Mara told the jury there was "factual and undeniable evidence" that Zimmerman should be found not guilty.

Six anonymous women from central Florida's Seminole County, sequestered since the trial began last month, will try to settle a case that has dominated US media, sparked street demonstrations and raised questions about race and guns in America.

After reading instructions, Judge Debra Nelson sent the jurors off to reach a unanimous verdict on one of three options: second-degree murder, manslaughter or acquittal. A deadlocked jury would result in a mistrial, possibly leading to the whole courtroom drama unfolding once again.


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