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Live blog: Zimmerman is a free man

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  • The jury has found George Zimmerman not guilty of all charges
  • Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012
Live blog: Zimmerman is a free man

Regardless, Zimmerman's life will never be the same

Regardless, Zimmerman's life will never be the same

Monday night at 10 p.m ET on a special edition of HLN After Dark, Vinnie Politan is one-on-one with the Zimmerman prosecution team to try to find out what happened. HLN has been all over this case, and nothing is off-limits in this primetime interview.

HLN is live-blogging Zimmerman's trial. Click here for HLN's live blog of the prosecution's closing argument. Read below for minute-by-minute updates:

After deliberating for a little over 16 hours, the jury in the George Zimmerman trial found George Zimmerman not guilty of all charges.

Zimmerman showed no emotion as the verdict was read, and remained calm and collected as the judge read the post-verdict instructions.

Coming soon to HLN: Georgia v. Andrea Sneiderman

The former neighborhood watch captain did smile as the judge left the bench, and he shook his attorneys hands.

"You have no further business with the court," said Judge Debra Nelson, indicating he was apparently free to go.

His wife Shellie Zimmerman was in tears as she embraced her husband and family members after court was adjourned.

Trayvon Martin's parents were not in attendance when the verdict was read in court.

Crowds outside the courthouse chanted "No justice, no peace" in the aftermath of the verdict. HLN's producers outside the courthouse report the crowd seems to be growing.

“Today, justice failed Trayvon Martin and his family,” said Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP. “We call immediately for the Justice Department to conduct an investigation into the civil rights violations committed against Trayvon Martin. This case has re-energized the movement to end racial profiling in the United States.”

"This jury worked very hard and we thank them for their service," said Florida State Attorney Angela Corey in a press conference shortly after the verdict.

"I am disappointed," said prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda.

The verdict was a culmination of a tragic shooting that captivated the nation and sparked national conversations about race, racial profiling and self-defense laws.

Zimmerman called 911 on February 26, 2012 to report a "suspicious” person in the Sanford, Florida, neighborhood. He was instructed by the dispatcher not to get out of his vehicle or approach the person, but he did anyway. Moments later, neighbors reported hearing gunfire. Zimmerman, who was bleeding from the nose and back of the head, told police that he and Martin fought and that he shot the 17-year-old in self-defense.

Protests were held around the country when it appeared that Zimmerman wasn’t going to be arrested for Martin’s death. Zimmerman was eventually charged with second-degree murder in April of 2012.

9:59 p.m. ET: Zimmerman is not guilty.

9:58 p.m. ET: Nelson warned the courtroom that there is to be "no outbursts after the verdict is read."

9:56 p.m. ET: The judge is on the bench. The jury is being seated. Zimmerman appears calm and collected.

9:50 p.m. ET: The jurors have reached a verdict.

 

 

8:36 p.m. ET: The jurors have finished their meal, and continue to deliberate.

7:22 p.m. ET: From HLN's producer in the courtroom: The jury has been given their dinner. So the Judge is inviting the attorneys to take a dinner break for an hour till 8:15. There was no response from the jury to the judge's answer

6:59 p.m. ET: Nelson said the jury has ordered dinner, and she told the attorneys to be on stand by for the next 10 to 15 minutes to see if the jury has a follow up question.

6:56 p.m. ET: Nelson said the answer sent back to the jury will say, "The court cannot engage in general discussions....but may be able to answer a specific question, if you have a specific question, please submit it."

6:49 p.m. ET: Mantei and O'Mara are at the bench with the judge.

6:46 p.m. ET: Mantei has asked for five minutes to write a clarification for the jury with the defense.

6:44 p.m. ET: Nelson is on the bench, and prosecutor Rich Mantei said he believes he has reached an agreement with the defense for next step of this process.

6:38 p.m. ET: Zimmerman and the attorneys are back in the courtroom.

6:05 p.m. ET: Nelson just recessed court for 30 minutes. She may be giving the attorneys time to review their materials, and when court reconvenes the attorneys will likely argue over how they want to answer the jurors' question.

6:02 p.m. ET: O'Mara is looking something up on his iPod.

5:57 p.m. ET: Nelson said the jury has asked for a clarification on the manslaughter instruction. The attorneys are now at a sidebar with the judge.

5:56 p.m. ET: Nelson should take the bench any minute.

5:54 p.m. ET: The court PIO tells HLN the jury has questions.

5:51 p.m. ET: The attorneys are gathering in the courtroom, but the jury has not reached a verdict.

5:49 p.m. ET: Defense attorney Mark O'Mara just went into the courtroom.

1:30 p.m. ET: The jury has deliberated for eight hours.

12:11 p.m. ET: HLN's producers in the courtroom have been informed that the jurors have been allowed to discuss the case while they eat their lunch.

11:48 a.m. ET: Ben Kruidbos, the IT director for the Florida State Atttorneys Office, has been fired, according to his attorney Wesley White, who told HLN that Kruidbos received a termination letter Friday.

Kruidbos, who had raised concerns about the ethics of prosecutors in the Zimmerman case, had been on administrative leave since May 28, 2012.

Kruidbos said in late March or April 2012 he became concerned the additional information found on Martin's phone had not been turned over to the defense, and he became concerned about "criminal exposure." So he sought advice from White.

Kruidbos says there were 2958 photos in original report. In Kruidbos report, there were 4275 photos.  The photos included Martin blowing smoke, pot, underage naked females, and a clump of jewelry on a bed.

Click here to read HLN's live blog of the hearing where both Kruidbos and White testified.

11:25 a.m. ET:

11:00 a.m. ET:

HLN's affiliate WSVN reports law enforcement agencies in the Miami area are preparing for the effects of the Zimmerman trial verdict.
 
“The plan is very, very fluid.  When I say fluid, we basically are gonna respond to that which is presented to us.  We have the overall objective of basically maintaining peace and calm and we expect that," said J. D. Patterson Miami-Dade Police Director. “There should be almost non-noticeable because it should be routine.  And if people again, continue to conduct themselves in a manner that’s non-violent and peaceful and legal things of that nature, then it should be a normal day.”

“There have been churches that announced that they’re going to open their doors for anybody who might come into those centers and sort of talk or pray or sing or just vent,” J. D. Patterson Miami-Dade Police.

9:15 a.m. ET: From HLN's producer inside the courtroom:

Jurors walked into the courtroom staring straight ahead (did not look at Zimmerman or the prosecutors).

Jurors answered the judge's questions in unison, "no your honor."

They all appeared to be wearing jackets or a sweaters not necessarily a formality, but because it's freezing in the courtroom.

9:02 a.m. ET [SATURDAY]: The jury has resumed deliberating.

6:05 p.m. ET [FRIDAY]: The jury deliberated for about three hours and 33 minutes today. Nelson has dismissed the jury for the night.

6:03 p.m. ET: The jury is done deliberating for the evening. They will pick back up with their deliberations Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. ET.

6:02 p.m. ET: Nelson will take the bench shortly. HLN's producers in the courtroom say she is not taking the stand for a verdict.

5:30 p.m. ET: The jury has been deliberating for about three hours.

5:08 p.m. ET:

From CNN Producer John Couwels:
 
There is an estimated 25 people demonstrating outside the courthouse.  
 
They have signs that say “Justice for Trayvon” and “Zimmerman Guilty.”
 
They are chanting “What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now”  
 
Earlier a Black Panther group had a presser with about 6 to 7 people attending.

5:06 p.m. ET: Both and defense and prosecution approve of the evidence list prepared for the jurors. Court is now in recess.

5:05 p.m. ET: HLN and CNN want to know your thoughts after watching the Zimmerman trial: Click here

5:03 p.m. ET: Nelson is back on the bench, and the attorneys are reviewing what could be the list of evidence the jury requestesd.

4:44 p.m. ET: Nelson has asked the clerk to prepare an inventory list of the evidence for the jurors. Court is now in recess until the clerk can prepare the list.

4:42 p.m. ET: The jury has asked the judge for a list of the evidence exhibits by number and description.

So far, the jury has deliberated 2 hours, 12 minutes.

4:39 p.m. ET: Judge Nelson will take the stand any minute to handle the jurors' question.

4:35 p.m. ET: The jury has a question.

4:06 p.m. ET: The following statement is from Zimmerman's brother Robert Zimmerman:

From the onset of this tragic event our family has been clear to express our trust in the judicial system.  A jury of one's peers is the hallmark of our country's judicial system.  The American justice system is the finest in the world.  George's fate is now in the hands of the jury, who will make their decision based on evidence and the facts of the case.  As we await a verdict we will remain hopeful and ask for the public to remain peaceful, no matter the outcome.  Though we maintain George committed no crime whatsoever, we acknowledge that the people who called for George's arrest and subsequent trial have now witnessed both events come to pass.  We hope now that as Americans we will all respect the rule of law, which begins with respecting the verdict.  The judicial system has run its course - pray for justice, pray for peace, pray for our country.

Robert Zimmerman JR
@rzimmermanjr
 

3:30 p.m. ET: The jury has been deliberating for about an hour now.

2:45 p.m. ET: From HLN's producers in the courtroom:

The jury will have access to all the exhibits except for the ammo--the judge is not sending them back.

The alternates have been discharged but they are not permitted to talk to media till a verdict has been reached.

2:35 p.m. ET:

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2:28 p.m. ET: Nelson has sent the jury back to deliberate.

2:27 p.m. ET: The first item for the jury to do when deliberations begin is to elect a foreperson.

2:25 p.m. ET: The Fort Lauderdale/Broward County NAACP held a town hall meeting Thursday night to discuss the case and potential outcomes in the Zimmerman trial.  Authorities, local leaders, and activists are pleading for peace from the public, according to HLN affiliate WSVN.

2:24 p.m. ET: The jurors' verdict must be unanimous. Nelson is reading the verdict form the jury will fill out.

2:22 p.m. ET: Nelson told the jurors their feelings about the attorneys in this case cannot influence their verdict.

2:19 p.m. ET: It is up to the jury to decide what evidence is the most "reliable," and the must use what they consider the "best" evidence.

2:17 p.m. ET: Nelson is explaining Zimmerman's presumption of innocence, and the prosecution's burden to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.

2:15 p.m. ET: Nelson is now reading the definition of justifiable use of deadly force.

2:13 p.m. ET: The prosecution does not have to prove that Zimmerman intended to cause death for the jurors to convict him of manslaugther.

2:12 p.m. ET: Nelson is reading the elements of manslaughter the prosecution must prove to convict Zimmerman of this lesser included crime.

2:10 p.m. ET: Nelson has now moved on to the lesser included charge of manslaughter.

2:07 p.m. ET: Nelson is explaining to the jury what facts they must find to be true beyond a reasonable doubt to convict Zimmerman of second-degree murder.

2:04 p.m. ET: Nelson is about to read the instructions jurors.

2:01 p.m. ET: Judge Nelson is on the bench, and the jury is being seating.

1:59 p.m. ET: Zimmerman is in the courtroom. The proceedings should begin shortly.

12:54 p.m. ET: The judge has recessed the court for lunch, until 2 p.m. ET. The live blog will pick back up then.

12:53 p.m. ET: The judge asks the jurors if they would like the instructions read now or after lunch. They say after lunch.

12:51 p.m. ET: "This case is not about race, it’s about right and wrong. It’s that simple," Guy said. He asks them to reverse the roles and imagine Zimmerman walking home in the rain with a hoodie and Martin with "hate in his heart" driving around in the car.

"If it was Trayvon Martin who had shot and killed George Zimmerman, what would your verdict be? That's how you know, it's not about race. To the living we owe respect but to the dead we owe the truth."

12:49 p.m. ET: The judge tells jurors she will be instructing them on the law before they deliberate.

12:49 p.m. ET: "A reasonable doubt needs to be two things: It needs to be reasonable, common-sense reasonable. And it needs to go to an element of the crime," Guy said.

O'Mara apologizes for interrupting and asks the judge if he can approach the bench. The attorneys are at a sidebar.

12:46 p.m. ET: Zimmerman's statements were self-serving, according to Guy. He says Zimmerman gave so many statements not because he was innocent but because he needed to justify his actions.

12:44 p.m. ET: Guy says Zimmerman knew there was a neighbor (John Good) just a few feet away and that other neighbors were opening their doors.

"Who lost the fight?" asked Guy. "Did he [Zimmerman] really need to shoot, did he have to shoot, Trayvon Martin? No, he didn't."

12:41 p.m. ET: "Your verdict is not going to bring Trayvon Benjamin Martin back to life. Your verdict is not going to change the past but it will forever define it. So what is that? What is that when a grown man, frustrated, angry, with hate in his heart, gets out of his car with a loaded gun and follows a child? A stranger? In the dark? And shoots him through him heart? Was is that? Is that nothing? That’s not anything? Is that where we are? That’s nothing?" asked Guy.

12:38 p.m. ET: "It’s not like TV where all the witnesses are well-dressed, well-educated actors and actresses. There are no Rachel Jeantels on CSI," Guy said. "In real life, we give you everything: The good, the bad, the indifferent."

12:36 p.m. ET: Guy says Zimmerman didn't tell anyone to call an ambulance after shooting Martin.

"He just stood there and he watched and he waited while Trayvon Martin was face-down. The bottom line is, who is responsible for Trayvon Martin lying on that ground? Trayvon Martin did not kill himself," Guy said.

12:35 p.m. ET: Guy says Zimmerman was taught to not be a vigilante and to call the police instead of taking the law into his own hands.

12:32 p.m. ET: "This case is not about standing your ground, it's about staying in your car," Guy said.

12:31 p.m. ET: "Do you think for a second, seriously, that if Trayvon Martin had seen that gun ever, there’d be a gunshot at 90 degrees in the center of his chest? Do you think that? Mr. Softie was going to be able to get a shot directly through the center of his chest with Trayvon Martin knowing that gun was there, fighting for his life?"

12:29 p.m. ET: Guy walks through a presentation, outlining all the places he says Zimmerman lied.

12:25 p.m. ET: "If Trayvon Martin was the one on the hunt, would he still have been on his cell phone?" asked Guy.

12:24 p.m. ET: "If that defendant thought he missed Trayvon Martin, thought Trayvon Martin was still alive… why would he stop yelling for help? Why, if he was in fear? Does that make any sense? Of course not," said Guy. "This isn't a complicated case, it's a common sense case. And it's not a case about self-defense, it's a case about self-denial -- George Zimmeran's."

12:22 p.m. ET: Zimmerman wouldn't have been able to reach his gun if Martin was straddling him like he said he was, according to Martin.

"He couldn't have gotten the gun -- he couldn't have. It's a physical impossibility. The only way that defendant gets to his gun, the only way [is], Trayvon Martin's getting off of him or he had backed up so far on his legs that he couldn't hit him. The defendant didn't shoot Trayvon Martin because he had to, he shot him because he wanted to. That's the bottom line."

12:19 p.m. ET: Guy says the defense's 3D animation only shows them what amounts to the last chapter of a book.

"Let me suggest to you that you start at the beginning," Guy said. "That child have every right to do what he was doing -- walking home. That child had every right to be afraid of a strange man following him -- first in his car, then on foot. And did that child not have the right to defend himself from that strange man? Did Trayvon Martin not also have that right?"

12:17 p.m. ET: Defense attorney O'Mara had asked in his closing argument what Martin was doing for four minutes.

"Well what was the defendant doing for two minutes? Watch the walkthrough again – watch it... he wasn't going back to his car," Guy said. "I’m asking you to use your common sense, use your heart, use what you know is real."

12:14 p.m. ET: “If he really wanted the police to get Trayvon Martin, what would he have done? He would have stayed in his car and driven to the back gate where he had told them so many times, ‘They always go through the back gate,’ and he would have waited for the police. But that’s not what he had in his heart," Guy said. He also says that while Martin didn't have Zimmerman's blood on his hands, Zimmerman will always have Martin's blood on his.

12:12 p.m. ET: "If there was ever any doubt what happened – really happened – was it not completely removed by what the defendant said afterwards, all of the lies he told, all of them. What does that tell you?" asked Guy. "Not one lie -- over and over and over again. What does that tell you about what really happened out there? Why did he have to lie if he did nothing wrong?"

12:10 p.m. ET: "What was in Trayvon Martin's heart? Was it not fear... Was that child not in fear when he was running from that defendant? Isn't that every child's worst nightmare? To be followed on the way home in the dark, by a stranger? Isn't that every child's worst fear? That was Trayvon Martin's last emotion," Guy said.

12:07 p.m. ET: Prosecutor John Guy has started his rebuttal closing argument.

"The human heart, it has a great many functions... It moves us, it motivates us, it inspires us, it leads us and it guides us – our hearts," said Guy. "If we really want to know what happened… should we not look into the heart of the grown man and the heart of that child? What will that tell us about what really happened out there?"

12:05 p.m. ET: The judge is on the bench and the jury is being seated.

11:50 a.m. ET: The judge has recessed the court for 10 minutes.

11:49 a.m. ET: "O'Mara thanks jurors for their time. I want you to really really look at those instructions and apply them, say he acted in self-defense and find him not guilty," O'Mara said.

11:48 a.m. ET: "You go back there, first thing you might want to consider doing --  do you have a reasonable doubt that my client may have acted in self-defense?" asked O'Mara. "And if you reach that conclusion you get to stop. You really do. Why? Because self-defense is a defense to everything. To littering, to speeding, to battery, to grand theft, to assault, to manslaughter, to second-degree… it’s an easy decision."

11:45 a.m. ET: O'Mara says Zimmerman was the victim of ill will, spite and hatred that night.

11:43 a.m. ET: "That's cement, that is a sidewalk. And that is not an unarmed teenager with nothing but Skittles trying to get home. That was somebody who used the availability of dangerous items, from his fist to the concrete, to cause great bodily injury against George Zimmerman," O'Mara said as he placed a block of concrete on the courtroom floor, in front of the jurors.

11:38 a.m. ET: O'Mara tells the jury it's not illegal for someone to follow someone else.

11:36 a.m. ET: "The knife coming at you could be rubber, as long as you perceive it to be steel," O'Mara said.

11:34 a.m. ET: O'Mara is explaining self-defense.

"He doesn't have to think he was going to die, he does not have to think he was going to die. He does have to think he was going to be injured greatly," O'Mara said.

11:32 a.m. ET: "Don’t bring your assumptions, don’t bring your presumptions... you don’t have that luxury in a criminal courtroom. You don’t. You only get to decide upon what you are certain of," O'Mara said.

11:30 a.m. ET: O'Mara explains how to determine the credibility of the witnesses who testified. He also goes over the rules of deliberation.

11:28 a.m. ET: "I almost wish that the verdict had guilty, not guilty and completely innocent -- because I would ask you to check that one," said O'Mara.

11:27 a.m. ET: O'Mara defines and explains reasonable doubt to the jury.

11:25 a.m. ET: Zimmerman's back was wet and grassy, while Martin's knees were wet, says O'Mara, which shows Martin was on top during the altercation.

11:24 am. ET: If Zimmerman wanted to deceive police, then why did he give so many statements, according to O'Mara.

11:21 a.m. ET: O'Mara also holds up a photo of a shirtless Martin, taken three months before the shooting. He tells jurors to consider this photo, not the one taken at Martin's autopsy.

"A dead person on a slab has an impact on you… The other thing about autopsy photographs, there’s no muscle tone," O'Mara said.

11:18 a.m. ET: O'Mara holds up life-size cutouts of Zimmerman and and Martin, telling jurors to notice the height difference. He also has Zimmerman stand up briefly next to the cutout of Martin.

11:16 a.m. ET: O'Mara holds up photos taken of Martin's gunshot wound, pointing out that the blood was not present in one of them. He says the evidence was mishandled.

11:13 a.m. ET: “That’s the face of the frustration,” O’Mara said about neighbor Olivia Bertalan. She testified earlier that she was home alone with her baby and had a pair of rusty scissors in her hand as two men broke into her home.

11:11 a.m. ET: "What other options did he [Zimmerman] have? None. He had none," said O'Mara. Give me a shred of evidence that contradicts he had any other option."

11:08 a.m. ET: O'Mara says the prosecution has suggested Martin may have been backing off when he was shot.

"The ‘coulda beens’ don’t belong in this courtroom," O'Mara said. Trayvon Martin retreated. Really? Really. Just one piece of evidence, just one I ask for... where is it? Where is it?"

11:06 a.m. ET: Martin was on top, leaning over Zimmerman, when he got shot, according to O'Mara.

11:03 a.m. ET: O'Mara says Trayvon Martin's dad first said it wasn't his son screaming on the 911 call.

"It just wasn't his voice to him and his mind has changed now but it is interesting for you to consider when you're trying to figure out that issue of who said what," said O'Mara.

11:00 a.m. ET: "Both moms believe with their heart, with their soul, that that was their son screaming for help. You have to, you want to, and that’s just the way you get through it," O'Mara said, explaining why he called Martin's mom, Sybrina Fulton, to the stand.

10:58 a.m. ET: O'Mara says he believes Zimmerman was bleeding in -- not out -- that night and that the blood probably dripped out of Zimmerman's nose when he stood up. He says this explains why Martin didn't have blood on his hand.

10:55 a.m. ET: "No injuries necessary to respond with deadly force. Not a cut on a finger. The statute is clear – reasonable fear of bodily harm," O'Mara said. "The injuries? Icing on the cake of self-defense."

10:52 a.m. ET: O'Mara says the former lead investigator in the case didn't find any significant inconsistencies in Zimmerman's story.

10:50 a.m. ET: It was possible for Martin to move his hands under his body after Zimmerman spread them out, according to O'Mara.

10:47 a.m. ET: O'Mara discusses the testimony of Rachel Jeantel, the friend who spoke to Martin right before he was shot. O'Mara says he wouldn't be able to remember a phone call he made three weeks ago.

"I’m sorry that she had to involve her life in our lives in a way that she never wanted to be involved. Unfortunately she was a witness and we had to deal with it," O'Mara said.

10:44 a.m. ET: O'Mara says different vantage points and life experiences explain the inconsistencies in statements from witnesses.

"That's why you're here, because you get to figure it out," O'Mara told the jurors.

10:40 a.m. ET: “You’ve got two dots and they’re this far away,” O’Mara said as he spread out his arms. “Just give me a line, give me something.”

10:37 a.m. ET: On the issue of Zimmerman being a "cop wannabe:" "Really? Seriously? Have they proven that to you? Have they come even close except for speculation?" O'Mara asked.

10:34 a.m. ET: O'Mara has put up a presentation and is recapping what each of the witnesses said on the stand.

"I’m not going to allow you or the state to ignore the realities of what actually happened that night," O'Mara said.

10:30 a.m. ET: "Now the state wants you to say this mastermind criminal… knew at the precise moment that he darn well better say that he was the one screaming," O'Mara said.

10:28 a.m. ET: In reference to the screams on the 911 call, O'Mara says the case would be closed if they could determine who it was.

"Unfortunately it couldn’t be done. So now we don’t know. Now you do get to decide or not, of course. You just simply get to decide that you can’t decide. And who gets the benefit of the doubt? Mr. Zimmerman," O'Mara said.

10:26 a.m. ET: O'Mara holds up the bloody photo of Zimmerman's face, taken by an officer after the shooting.

"If we didn’t have this, we would only have the cleaned up photo, the one that doesn’t show the significant injury… this is undeniable, this is significant injury," O'Mara said.

10:24 a.m. ET: O'Mara says that if Zimmerman had called him that night, he would have told Zimmerman to shut up and not talk to police.

10:23 a.m. ET: "The reality of what happened is very straightforward and it proves absolute innocence," O'Mara said.

10:22 a.m. ET: "With those for minutes -- now let’s use your common sense. Now let’s decide what probably happened that night, because we know the result," O'Mara said.

10:20 a.m. ET: "Four minutes --  that felt like a long time to you, that we sat here and did nothing for four minutes? You get to think what Trayvon Martin was doing," said O'Mara. "Four minutes to do what? To walk home? Run home? The four minute mile was broken when I was like, 12… I do know you can run a mile in about four minutes if you’re in decent shape."

10:18 a.m. ET: The judge is on the bench and the jury is being seated.

9:57 a.m. ET: "Did they show you, tell you, explain to you, give you any insight whatsoever, what Trayvon Martin was doing four minutes before that fight started at the ‘T’ intersection? Do you have a doubt as to what happened and what Trayvon Martin was doing and what he must have been thinking for four minutes?" asked O'Mara.

The judge has recessed court for 15 minutes.

9:55 a.m. ET: O'Mara breaks the silence, saying, "That’s how long Trayvon Martin had to run – about 4 minutes. When he said he was running, that’s how long. So let’s talk about who was doing what and when." O'Mara pulls out a map of the neighborhood.

9:54 a.m. ET: Our producer, who is inside the courtroom, says the jury is just sitting in the box, not doing much of anything.

9:52 a.m. ET: "We're going to sit tight and we're not going to talk and I'll tell you when we're going to talk again," O'Mara said, sitting back down at the defense table. The courtroom is sitting in silence.

9:48 a.m. ET: "Don’t assume it. Prove it, believe it. Don’t prove it and it just doesn’t exist," O'Mara said.

9:46 a.m. ET: The animation goes black as the rest of the 911 call starts to play out. O'Mara stops the video because he says nothing of relevance is mentioned at this point.

9:45 a.m. ET: O'Mara describes how the perspective in the animation is 50mm, which is similar to what people see.

9:41 a.m. ET: After having some trouble starting the 3D animation, O'Mara plays it in court. He stops it along the way to describe what's happening in the scene.

9:37 a.m. ET: O'Mara is preparing to play the 3D animation his team had made, which shows Zimmerman's version of events the night of the shooting.

9:35 a.m. ET: There is no evidence, according to O'Mara, to suggest Zimmerman wasn't walking back to his car before the altercation began.

"They don’t have one shred of evidence to suggest otherwise. If they had it, I would presume they would have presented it – so where is it?" asked O'Mara.

9:33 a.m. ET: O'Mara says the darkness is like a "black wall" in the photos and that Zimmerman had a flashlight and it was on that night.

9:28 a.m. ET: "Strange as it seems, we want to make sure you know it was raining out. But we also want you to know the wind was up that night," said O'Mara who told jurors he submitted weather reports into evidence. He suggests that the "running" noise heard on the non-emergency call could be wind.

9:26 a.m. ET: O'Mara says it's difficult to gain ill will, spite and hatred for someone you don't even know.

9:23 a.m. ET: O'Mara pulls out a timeline, joking that it's 10 feet long. He starts walking through it for the jury, pointing out that the non-emergency dispatcher asked Zimmerman twice where Martin was headed. He also asks where it is that Zimmerman allegedly snapped.

9:19 a.m. ET: O'Mara is addressing the curse words Zimmerman said on the non-emergency call. He says Zimmerman knew he was being recorded and the fact that he said those words to law enforcement demonstrates his innocence.

"So where’s the non-guilt? Well, he never screams. Mr. Guy screamed. Mr. de la Rionda screamed. George Zimmerman didn’t scream on that call," O'Mara said.

9:17 a.m. ET: "What did he do? Stayed on the phone, cursed – well yeah, definitely cursed and cursed towards those people, maybe including Trayvon Martin by the way, because he did match the description unfortunately and that’s just maybe happenstance," O'Mara said.

9:15 a.m. ET: "He does what he was told to do – he calls non-emergency," O'Mara said.

9:13 a.m. ET: O'Mara says "there is not a witness in there, not one" who will say Zimmerman patrolled the neighborhood. He says jurors will have to assume Zimmerman was crazy and patrolled the neighborhood: "You would have to assume it because you certainly can’t find it."

9:11 a.m. ET: "Listen to the calls. Anger, frustration, ill will, spite?" asked O'Mara. He tells jurors to take Zimmerman's own words into account, not what the prosecutors have to say about them.

9:09 a.m. ET: O'Mara says he put another one of Zimmerman's non-emergency calls into evidence. He tells jurors to listen to it and says Zimmerman is calling just to report that some kids are playing as cars fly by them.

"They don't have to show you good stuff about George Zimmerman," O'Mara said about the prosecutors, who didn't play the call in court.

9:06 a.m. ET: “Yeah, he wanted to be involved and yes, he wanted to be a cop,” O’Mara said, referring to law enforcement as a noble profession. "It is a profession that its moniker is ‘protect and serve,'" both of which he says Zimmerman was willing to do.

9:03 a.m. ET: O'Mara shows jurors another chart of the "self-defense burden of proof."

"George Zimmerman is not guilty if you have just a reasonable doubt that he acted in self-defense," said O'Mara.

9:01 a.m. ET: O'Mara shows jurors a chart of the burden of proof, with not guilty at the bottom and guilty beyond a reasonable doubt at the top.

8:58 a.m. ET: "At the risk of confusing you, I’m going to take a side trip for just a few minutes. And that side trip is going to be, I’m going to take on the obligation to prove to you that my client is innocent," O'Mara said. He says he doesn't have to do this and the state has the burden of proof.

8:57 a.m. ET: "How many ‘coulda- beens’ have you heard from the state in this case? How many ‘what ifs’ have you heard from the state in this case? They don’t get to ask you that. No, no, no," O'Mara said. He also says prosecutors are supposed to show "what I have proven to you."

8:53 a.m. ET: "He’s not guilty of anything except protecting his own life," O'Mara said, who also quoted John Adams: "It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished."

8:51 a.m. ET: “You’ve heard from him, time and time and time again, you’ve heard from him, telling you what happened that night,” said O'Mara, who also asked jurors to not presume why Zimmerman didn't testify.

8:49 a.m. ET: "Do not give anybody the benefit of the doubt except for George Zimmerman," O'Mara said.

8:47 a.m. ET: O'Mara tells jurors they can't fill the gaps or connect the dots for the prosecutors.

"Assumptions presume a lack of evidence," O'Mara said.

8:44 a.m. ET: Trayvon Martin's parents have entered the courtroom.

"I think what you have to do is be absolutely vigilant, diligent in looking at this case," O'Mara said.

8:43 a.m. ET: Defense attorney O'Mara has Zimmerman stand up.

"Be careful with your common sense because common sense is the way we run our everyday lives, the way we make those snap decisions we have to make every day," O'Mara said. He said he fears this could hurt his client.

8:39 a.m. ET: O'Mara says he has fears about the jurors forming an opinion before entering the deliberation room.

"You’re completely unused to it. You don’t know how to apply a standard beyond a reasonable doubt, you just don’t," O'Mara said. "You can’t help but have a first impression."

O'Mara puts on a ring and sunglasses and asks what would happen if he walked into the courtroom like that.

8:36 a.m. ET: Defense attorney Mark O’Mara begins by thanking the jurors, the defense team and the prosecutors and their team. Trayvon Martin's parents are not in the courtroom.

8:34 a.m. ET: Zimmerman continues to wipe away sweat as the jury is seated.

8:33 a.m. ET: The jury is being seated.

8:30 a.m. ET: The attorneys are at a sidebar.

8:29 a.m. ET: The judge is on the bench. Zimmerman wipes away sweat after entering the courtroom.

7:41 a.m. ET: Court is scheduled to be back in session at 8:30 a.m. ET. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara should begin his closing argument shortly after that.

On Friday, Judge Debra Nelson handed the case to the jurors around 2:30 p.m. ET, and they deliberated for three hours and 33 minutes before calling it a night.

CLICK HERE: Zimmerman's possible fates

Both sides in the George Zimmerman trial presented impassioned pleas during closing arguments Friday, with defense attorney Mark O’Mara remaining mum for four minutes to illustrate what he called a key gap in the State’s case, and prosecutor John Guy repeatedly referring to Trayvon Martin as a “child” and Zimmerman as a “man” to illustrate the age difference between the two.

Delivering the rebuttal closing argument after a nearly three-hour speech by O’Mara, the prosecution’s John Guy focused on what was going on in the minds -- and hearts -- of Zimmerman and Trayvon that fateful night in Sanford, Florida.

"What was in Trayvon Martin's heart? Was it not fear? Was that child not in fear when he was running from that defendant? Isn't that every child's worst nightmare? To be followed on the way home in the dark, by a stranger? Isn't that every child's worst fear? That was Trayvon Martin's last emotion," Guy said.

Guy urged jurors to use their “common sense” to piece together the facts in the case.

MUST SEE: The Zimmerman jury instructions

"I’m asking you to use your common sense, use your heart, use what you know is real,” said Guy.

He also said the case was not about race but about “right and wrong.” Guy asked jurors to reverse the roles and imagine Zimmerman walking home in the rain with a hoodie and imagine Martin with "hate in his heart" driving around in the car.

"If it was Trayvon Martin who had shot and killed George Zimmerman, what would your verdict be? That's how you know, it's not about race. To the living, we owe respect, but to the dead, we owe the truth."

He also reiterated the argument he made in opening statements: “The defendant didn't shoot Trayvon Martin because he had to, he shot him because he wanted to. That's the bottom line."

INTERACTIVE TIMELINE: The George Zimmerman Case

Earlier Friday, O'Mara, in an eloquent speech that implored jurors to guard their minds of emotion and delve strictly on the facts, accused prosecutors of failing to present enough evidence to make their case.

 “You’ve got two dots and they’re this far away,” O’Mara said as he spread out his arms before the jurors. But he warned jurors not to connect those dots for themselves back in the deliberation room.

"How many ‘coulda- beens’ have you heard from the state in this case? How many ‘what ifs’ have you heard from the state in this case? They don’t get to ask you that. No, no, no," O'Mara said.

O’Mara spent most of the morning explaining to jurors how they could legally find Zimmerman not guilty because he was acting in self-defense when he killed Martin on a rainy night in Sanford, Florida.

"He does not have to think he was going to die. He does have to think he was going to be injured greatly," O'Mara said. "No injuries are necessary to respond with deadly force. Not a cut on a finger. The statute is clear -- reasonable fear of bodily harm… The injuries? Icing on the cake of self-defense."

O’Mara asked jurors to sit quietly while he let four minutes tick by on the clock. He told them this was how long Martin had to get home and asked what he was doing in that time. The defense has suggested that Martin was waiting for Zimmerman and ambushed him.

Life-sized cutouts of Zimmerman and Martin were also brought before the jury and O’Mara told them to take note of the size differences. And in one of the most dramatic moments in O’Mara’s closing argument, he hauled a block of cement out and placed it on the ground before the jury.

“That's cement, that is a sidewalk. And that is not an unarmed teenager with nothing but Skittles trying to get home. That was somebody who used the availability of dangerous items, from his fist to the concrete, to cause great bodily injury against George Zimmerman," O'Mara said.

O’Mara insisted that his client, Zimmerman, was the victim of ill will, spite and hatred the night Martin was fatally shot.

"I almost wish that the verdict had guilty, not guilty and completely innocent -- because I would ask you to check that one," said O'Mara.

Jurors will begin their deliberations in the case Friday afternoon, once the judge reads them the jury instructions.

CLICK HERE: Zimmerman's possible fates

Both sides in the George Zimmerman trial presented impassioned pleas during closing arguments Friday, with defense attorney Mark O’Mara remaining mum for four minutes to illustrate what he called a key gap in the State’s case, and prosecutor John Guy repeatedly referring to Trayvon Martin as a “child” and Zimmerman as a “man” to illustrate the age difference between the two.

Delivering the rebuttal closing argument after a nearly three-hour speech by O’Mara, the prosecution’s John Guy focused on what was going on in the minds -- and hearts -- of Zimmerman and Trayvon that fateful night in Sanford, Florida.

"What was in Trayvon Martin's heart? Was it not fear? Was that child not in fear when he was running from that defendant? Isn't that every child's worst nightmare? To be followed on the way home in the dark, by a stranger? Isn't that every child's worst fear? That was Trayvon Martin's last emotion," Guy said.

Guy urged jurors to use their “common sense” to piece together the facts in the case.

MUST SEE: The Zimmerman jury instructions

"I’m asking you to use your common sense, use your heart, use what you know is real,” said Guy.

He also said the case was not about race but about “right and wrong.” Guy asked jurors to reverse the roles and imagine Zimmerman walking home in the rain with a hoodie and imagine Martin with "hate in his heart" driving around in the car.

"If it was Trayvon Martin who had shot and killed George Zimmerman, what would your verdict be? That's how you know, it's not about race. To the living, we owe respect, but to the dead, we owe the truth."

He also reiterated the argument he made in opening statements: “The defendant didn't shoot Trayvon Martin because he had to, he shot him because he wanted to. That's the bottom line."

INTERACTIVE TIMELINE: The George Zimmerman Case

Earlier Friday, O'Mara, in an eloquent speech that implored jurors to guard their minds of emotion and delve strictly on the facts, accused prosecutors of failing to present enough evidence to make their case.

 “You’ve got two dots and they’re this far away,” O’Mara said as he spread out his arms before the jurors. But he warned jurors not to connect those dots for themselves back in the deliberation room.

"How many ‘coulda- beens’ have you heard from the state in this case? How many ‘what ifs’ have you heard from the state in this case? They don’t get to ask you that. No, no, no," O'Mara said.

O’Mara spent most of the morning explaining to jurors how they could legally find Zimmerman not guilty because he was acting in self-defense when he killed Martin on a rainy night in Sanford, Florida.

"He does not have to think he was going to die. He does have to think he was going to be injured greatly," O'Mara said. "No injuries are necessary to respond with deadly force. Not a cut on a finger. The statute is clear -- reasonable fear of bodily harm… The injuries? Icing on the cake of self-defense."

O’Mara asked jurors to sit quietly while he let four minutes tick by on the clock. He told them this was how long Martin had to get home and asked what he was doing in that time. The defense has suggested that Martin was waiting for Zimmerman and ambushed him.

Life-sized cutouts of Zimmerman and Martin were also brought before the jury and O’Mara told them to take note of the size differences. And in one of the most dramatic moments in O’Mara’s closing argument, he hauled a block of cement out and placed it on the ground before the jury.

“That's cement, that is a sidewalk. And that is not an unarmed teenager with nothing but Skittles trying to get home. That was somebody who used the availability of dangerous items, from his fist to the concrete, to cause great bodily injury against George Zimmerman," O'Mara said.

O’Mara insisted that his client, Zimmerman, was the victim of ill will, spite and hatred the night Martin was fatally shot.

"I almost wish that the verdict had guilty, not guilty and completely innocent -- because I would ask you to check that one," said O'Mara.

Jurors will begin their deliberations in the case Friday afternoon, once the judge reads them the jury instructions.

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