We hope the jury does the right thing and convicts Zimmerman.
Prosecution Finishes Closing Arguments In Zimmerman Trial
According to Mail Online
George Zimmerman profiled and followed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, assuming he was up to no good – these assumptions led to his death, a prosecutor argued today in closing arguments of the second-degree murder trial.
‘A teenager is dead. He is dead through no fault of his own,’ assistant state attorney Bernie de la Rionda told the jury. ‘He is dead because another man made assumptions.
‘He is dead not just because that man made those assumptions but because he acted on them, and unfortunately because his assumptions were wrong, Trayvon Benjamin Martin no longer walks on this earth.’
De la Rionda told the jury that Zimmerman wanted to be a police officer and that’s why he followed Martin through his neighborhood, even though the teen wasn’t doing anything wrong.
‘He assumed Trayvon Martin was a criminal. That is why we are here,’ de la Rionda said. ‘Defense will argue self defense. But who do you think was more scared?
‘The kid who was minding his own business being followed by another guy in an SUV. That is the person who was scared.
‘But Trayvon Martin can’t come in here and tell us how he was feeling and that is because of the actions of the defendant.’
Showing jurors the last photograph taken of Trayvon, he described him as an innocent, unarmed teen who was doing an everyday thing by going to the 7/11 to buy Skittles and a drink.
In contrast, Zimmerman was painted as an angry, frustrated, wannabe cop who took the law into his own hands by targeting a teen who he believed looked suspicious.
‘What started this?’ he asked the jury. ‘Assumptions, incorrect assumptions on George Zimmerman’s behalf.
‘In George Zimmerman’s mind, Trayvon Martin was a f***ing punk and an a**hole and was NOT going to get away’
‘This innocent 17-year-old kid was profiled as a criminal. To quote the defendant, he was one of “those a**holes that always get away”, he was one of those “f***ing punks”.
‘But he didn’t scream that out, so the defense will argue there is no ill will or hatred shown. But he muttered it under his breath, which indicates ill will because he verbalized what he was thinking.
‘That’s important, because in his mind he had already assumed certain things. Because in his mind Trayvon Martin was a f***ing punk and an a**hole and was not going to get away.’
De la Rionda referenced many different aspects of the case, different pieces of evidence, and pleaded with the jury to use ‘your God-given common sense’ and find the neighborhood watch volunteer guilty of second-degree murder.
The jury has been allowed to consider a manslaughter conviction which in Florida carries a heavy sentence, but you never know what tricks the defense has up their sleeves.