On Day Five , the prosecution’s witnesses may have helped the defense instead. George Zimmerman’s neighbor testified that Trayvon Martin was on top of George Zimmerman during the scuffle on the night of the deadly confrontation. He also said he believes the voice screaming for help in the dark was Zimmerman’s. Another neighbor testified that Zimmerman looked like he had been beaten up and said he took a cell phone picture of Zimmerman’s bloody head. CNN’s Martin Savidge reports.
In an AC360° exclusive, Alicia Stanley speaks out about her role in Trayvon Martin’s life, what her stepson was like, and what she thinks happened the night he was shot and killed.
Part two of the interview:
Mark Geragos, Sunny Hostin, Danny Cevallos and Marcia Clark discuss the testimony of Jonathan Good, a key witness in the George Zimmerman trial, who said he “saw a lighter skinned man on bottom” during the scuffle.
Alicia Stanley speaks out about the night her stepson was shot and killed in a confrontation with George Zimmerman.
Watch Anderson’s exclusive interview with Alicia Stanley tonight at 8, 10, and 11 p.m. ET.
The defense spent a lot of time on the subject of race on Day Four implying it was Trayvon Martin who injected race into the confrontation with George Zimmerman by using the term “cracker,” just before their fatal encounter. Former prosecutor Sunny Hostin and Defense Attorney Danny Cevallos debate the role of racial terms in the Zimmerman trial.
Hostin says it, “didn’t make a whole lot of sense. . . especially given the fact that the defense tried so hard to keep the prosecution from saying racial profiling.”
“They’ve taken what was the elephant in the room,” she says, “and painted it bright pink and now everyone is talking about it.” She also believes the star witness’s use of the term makes her sound more credible, because she’s using Martin’s exact words instead of sugarcoating it.
But according to Cevallos, it’s all about relatibility for the jurors: “At the end of the day, jurors look for relatibility,” he says. “And when you relate to someone, you find them credible.” He goes on to say, “The jurors are going to ask themselves whether they’re aware of it or not, is this somebody that at a cocktail party, would I use that language? Do I view the word cracker the way this person views it?”
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