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Lead investigator returns to stand in Zimmerman trial

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 - 01:31

July 2 - Inconsistencies in Zimmerman case on injuries and Zimmerman's state of mind as trial continues. Karen Hendren reports.

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TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~**NONE~** (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEAD INVESTIGATOR CHRIS SERINO: "He seemed to be very open to having something videoed. Yes, he seemed to be very elated in the prospect of there being some sort of videotape." (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEFENSE ATTORNEY MARK O'MARA: "Hoping that that would actually document what happened that night?" (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEAD INVESTIGATOR CHRIS SERINO: "Yes sir." Lead investigator Chris Serino returned to the stand Tuesday in the murder trial of Florida volunteer watchman George Zimmerman. Serino said he believed that Zimmerman's hope that the confrontation and killing of black unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in February 2012 was videotaped led him to believe Zimmerman was telling the truth. But Serino's testimony was no slam dunk for the defense. Zimmerman called police before the confrontation saying Martin looked suspicious. Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda raised the specter of racism. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BERNIE DE LA RIONDA, PROSECUTOR: "If I were to believe that somebody was committing a crime, might that not be profiling?" (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEAD INVESTIGATOR CHRIS SERINO: "It could be construed as such, yes." Both sides also took up the issue of Zimmerman's injuries. For the defense: Zimmerman's best friend Mark Osterman: (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARK OSTERMAN, ZIMMERMAN'S BEST FRIEND: "It was a very big swollen area, and with his hair being as closely cropped as mine, you could see it very well." For the Prosecution: Medical Examiner Valerie Rao: (SOUNDBITE) (English) MEDICAL EXAMINER VALERIE RAO: "They were not life threatening. They were very insignificant." Both issues play to Zimmerman's state of mind when he shot 17-year-old Martin in the heart with a handgun last year. Prosecutors would have to convince the jury that Zimmerman acted with "ill will" or "hatred" in order to win a second-degree murder conviction.

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Lead investigator returns to stand in Zimmerman trial

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 - 01:31