(CNN) — In a hearing Tuesday outside of the jury’s presence, attorneys in the George Zimmerman trial argued about whether jurors should see the defense’s 3D re-creation of the altercation between the neighborhood watch captain and Trayvon Martin.
The defense also wants jurors to hear about Martin’s text messages, which reportedly show he had been in fights and was trying to purchase a gun.
The judge recessed court right before 10 p.m. ET, saying she would wait until Wednesday morning to make decisions on both of these issues. Defense attorney Don West vented his frustration as the judge left the bench, saying he was having trouble keeping up with the long hours and fast-paced schedule of the trial.
“I’m not physically able to keep up this pace much longer,” West said. “It’s 10 o’clock at night. We started this morning. We’ve had full days every day, weekends, depositions at night.”
Dr. Vincent Di Maio, a forensic pathologist and gunshot wound expert, describes the injuries of George Zimmerman while testifying for the defense on Tuesday, July 9, in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
George Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara, right, questions forensics animation expert Daniel Schumaker, center, at the bench of Judge Debra Nelson with Assistant State Attorney Richard Mantei, left, during a hearing on July 9, about the admissibility of animation created for the defense. Schumaker showed the judge and Mantei some 3-D animation on his laptop after an overhead projector didn’t work.
John Donnelly, a friend of George Zimmerman’s, cries on the witness stand on Monday, July 8, in Sanford, Florida, after listening to screams on the 911 tape entered in evidence.
Sondra Osterman, a friend of Zimmerman’s, listens to the 911 tape while testifying on July 8.
Mark Osterman, a friend of Zimmerman’s, testifies on July 8 and describes the type of gun Zimmerman owned.
Leanne Benjamin, a friend of Zimmerman’s, smiles while identifying him in court on July 8.
Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, takes the stand during Zimmerman’s trial on Friday, July 5.
George Zimmerman’s mother, Gladys Zimmerman, listens to the 911 tape while taking the stand during his trial in Seminole County circuit court on July 5.
Martin’s brother Jahvaris Fulton testifies at the Zimmerman trial in Seminole County circuit court on July 5.
Volusia and Seminole County associate medical examiner Shiping Bao testifies on July 5. Bao conducted the final autopsy on Martin and determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the chest.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Lab Analyst Anthony Gorgone testifies about DNA findings on Wednesday, July 3, in Sanford, Florida. Here, Gorgone points to a sweatshirt worn by Trayvon Martin on the night Martin was shot. Only one stain on Martin’s hooded jacket yielded a partial DNA profile that matched Zimmerman’s.
Gorgone points to a jacket worn by Zimmerman on the night of the shooting. Multiple stains on Zimmerman’s jacket tested positive for Zimmerman’s DNA. At least two stains from the jacket tested positive for a mixture of DNA that included Martin’s DNA.
Firearms analyst Amy Siewert from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement answers questions from the prosecution while holding Zimmerman’s gun on July 3. Siewert examined the gun and said Zimmerman had one bullet ready to fire in the chamber as well as a fully loaded magazine when the shooting occurred.
Alexis Carter, a military prosecutor, testifies during the trial on July 3. Carter taught a criminal litigation class that Zimmerman completed, and testified that the class included extensive coverage of Florida’s self-defense laws.
Mark Osterman, a U.S. Air Marshal and friend of Zimmerman’s who wrote a book about the case, testifies on Tuesday, July 2. He recounted the story of the shooting that Zimmerman told him and testified that when he took Zimmerman home from the police station after the shooting, Zimmerman wasn’t acting like himself.
Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda, on July 2, demonstrates a possible scenario while questioning state witness Chris Serino, a Sanford police officer.
Hirotaka Nakasone, a voice recognition expert with the FBI, testifies in the Zimmerman trial on Monday, July 1.
Witness Jonathan Good is cross-examined by defense attorney Mark O’Mara on Friday, June 28.
Selma Mora reenacts a scenario for defense attorney Mark O’Mara on Thursday, June 27. Mora lived in Zimmerman’s neighborhood at the time of the shooting.
Witness Jennifer Lauer points to where her former home was in the Retreat at Twin Lakes community during questioning by defense attorney Mark O’Mara on June 27. Lauer called 911 on the night of the shooting.
Rachel Jeantel, a friend of Martin’s, is questioned by defense attorney Don West on June 27. She appeared to get frustrated several times during the cross-examination, including one time when West suggested they could break until the morning so she’d have more time to review the deposition transcript.
The evidence letter that Jeantel says she wrote with a friend for Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, is displayed during the trial on June 27. When the defense asked Jeantel to read the letter, she said she couldn’t read cursive. She asked a friend to write the letter for her, she said.
Jeantel testifies on Wednesday, June 26. She was the last person to speak with Martin on the phone.
Zimmerman walks past Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton, left, and Tracy Martin, second from left, as he enters the courtroom after lunch recess on June 26.
Diana Smith of the Sanford Police Department on Tuesday, June 25, shows the jury a bag of Skittles that was collected as evidence at the crime scene. Martin was said to be carrying the bag of candy and a soft drink at the time of his death.
Assistant state attorneys John Guy, left, and Richard Mantei hold up Martin’s sweatshirt as evidence during Zimmerman’s trial on June 25. After Martin’s death, protesters started wearing hoodies in solidarity against racial profiling.
During the trial on June 25, crime scene technician Diana Smith shows the jury a gun that was collected as evidence.
Zimmerman laughs with defense attorney Don West during his trial on June 25.
Selene Bahadoor enters the courtroom to take the witness stand on June 25. She was the first eyewitness to testify and said the shooting occured right behind her home.
Seminole County 911 dispatcher Sean Noffke testifies on Monday, June 24, about his conversation with Zimmerman on a non-emergency line the night of the shooting.
A transcript of Zimmerman’s police call on the night of the shooting is projected during opening arguments on June 24.
Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, cries on June 24 as he listens to the description of his son’s death.
Prosecutor John Guy gestures during his opening arguments on June 24. His first words to the six-woman jury may have raised a few eyebrows. “Good morning. ‘F*****g punks, these a******s all get away,'” Guy quoted Zimmerman. “These were the words in this grown man’s mouth as he followed this boy that he didn’t know. Those were his words, not mine.”
From left, Zimmerman’s father, Robert Zimmerman Sr.; his mother, Gladys; and his wife, Shellie, are escorted from the courtroom on June 24. Since they are all on the witness list, the judge ruled they cannot be present in the courtroom until after they testify.
Defense attorney Don West displays a photo of Zimmerman from the night of the shooting during his opening arguments on June 24. He opened his statements with a knock-knock joke but failed to win a laugh. “Knock knock. Who’s there? George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? Good, you’re on the jury,” he said.
A video entered as evidence is displayed on June 24. It shows Martin, right, at a 7-Eleven on the night of his shooting.
From left, Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, and Benjamin Crump, the family’s legal counsel, make a brief statement to the media before jurors heard opening statements on June 24.
Zimmerman waits for the start of his trial on June 24.
Photos: Zimmerman trial
Panel: Judge won’t allow animation
Animator Daniel Schumaker said he uses crime scene evidence and the same motion capture technology used in movies like “Iron Man” to design his digital re-creations of alleged crimes. The defense said Schumaker’s computer animation would help the jury understand how the confrontation between Martin and Zimmerman unfolded. The prosecution argued the animated re-enactment makes assumptions, and it’s not based on evidence in the case.
“To have an animation that goes back to the jury room that they can play over and over again … gives a certain weight to something that this court is not particularly certain comports with the evidence presented at the trial,” said Judge Debra Nelson. Nelson said she wanted to read the case law and wait until Wednesday before making her ruling on the animation’s admissibility.
The hearing, which went so late that the courtroom lights set on an automatic timer went out, continued Tuesday evening after testimony had wrapped for the day. The defense even had to ask the judge to extend Zimmerman’s curfew, which is set for 10 p.m. ET. Zimmerman’s defense team told Nelson that it plans to rest its case sometime on Wednesday.
Earlier on Tuesday, a forensic pathologist testified for the defense, describing Martin’s traumatic last moments alive as he bled to death in the grass after being shot at close range.
“If he was involved in a struggle, you expect his heart to be going, beating — especially after he had been shot — more than a 100 times a minute,” said Dr. Vincent Di Maio, adding that the way Martin died supports Zimmerman’s version of the shooting.
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“You are losing 1,500 cc’s (cubic centimeters) in a minute. That’s about a quarter of his blood supply. In a second minute, if you can assume the same rate. Actually the heart would probably be beating faster for the second minute. He is going to lose another 1,500. Well that means he has lost more than 50%of his blood supply.”
Zimmerman appeared to be paying close attention during the testimony. Tracy Martin, the victim’s father, was in attendance but didn’t show much emotion as he heard the details of how his son may have died. Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, was not in attendance.
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Di Maio said that given that the entry point of the bullet was a “contact wound” — meaning at close range — Trayvon Martin never had a chance. “In this case you have a through-and-through hole of the right ventricle, and then you have at least one hole if not two into the right lung. So you are losing blood, and every time the heart contracts, it pumps blood out the two holes in the ventricle and at least one hole in the lung.”
Di Maio also said Martin’s gunshot wound indicates the gun was up against the teen’s clothing, about 2 to 4 inches away from the skin. He also said the weight of the canned drink in Martin’s hoodie pocket may have been pulling his clothing away from his body by a few inches if Martin was on top of Zimmerman, as the former neighborhood watch volunteer has claimed.
In any event, “He is going to be dead between one and three minutes after being shot,” said Di Maio.
Martin, 17, had been walking through the Retreat at Twin Lakes — the gated community in Sanford, Florida, where Zimmerman lived — on February 26, 2012, when the two got into a physical altercation. Zimmerman told the police he shot Martin in self-defense while holding the gun in his right hand at point-blank range. He said the teenager was on top of him at the time. Di Maio said the medical evidence is consistent with how Zimmerman has described shooting the teenager.
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Di Maio explained to the jury Tuesday that Martin may have lost consciousness between 10 and 15 seconds after being shot and may have been able to talk or make voluntary movement during those last seconds. Zimmerman has said that Martin said, “You got me,” after being shot.