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Will witness' animal testing impact the jury?

  • Defense witness explained he has tested guns on animals
  • Our 'HLN After Dark' legal experts discuss whether this part of the testimony could impact the jury

George Zimmerman's defense team called forensic pathologist Dr. Vincent Di Maio to the stand on Tuesday.

Di Maio has worked as a pathologist for about 40 years, and he has preformed about 9,000 autopsies and has reviewed more than 20,000 other autopsies conducted by other doctors. The defense asked Di Maio to explain the mechanics of what happens in a gun when a bullet is fired, to explain to the jury how the evidence matches up with Zimmerman's story -- that Martin was standing over him when he was shot by Zimmerman.

Read more: Di Maio's full testimony on the stand

During his testimony, Di Maio explained how in the past he has performed experiments on animals for gun testing purposes. Two of the jurors are known to be animal lovers, so our HLN After Dark legal panel addresses whether this part of the testimony could influence the jury.


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