Zimmerman Trial: Defense Rests, George Zimmerman Will Not Testify

Source: Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel

SANFORD – As George Zimmerman’s defense team wrapped up its case, the defendant in 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s shooting said this afternoon he will not testify in the second-degree murder trial.

Prosecutors began calling rebuttal witnesses after Circuit Judge Debra Nelson denied a renewed motion by the defense to acquit Zimmerman. The defense rested after that ruling.

The first rebuttal witness called by the state was Adam Pollock, who runs the mixed-martial-arts gym where Zimmerman trained.

He testified earlier for the defense that Zimmerman was a poor athlete who trained to lose weight, not to learn fighting skills. But Prosecutor Richard Mantei asked him today about a page on his gym’s website the prosecutor called an “advertisement” that Zimmerman trained there.

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