• New details come out as multiple witnesses take stand in Zimmerman trial


    SANFORD, Fla. - On Tuesday, Day 2 of testimony, prosecutors called to the stand a former Zimmerman neighbor, Selene Bahadoor, the first witness to say she saw part of the struggle.

    Bahadoor described the sound of movement from left to right outside her townhouse and said she heard what sounded like someone saying "No" or "Uh."

    Bahadoor said that when she looked out a window, she saw arms flailing in the dark. She said she left to turn off a stove and then heard a gunshot. The next time she looked out, she saw a body on the ground, she testified.

    In cross-examining her, defense attorney Mark O'Mara accused Bahadoor of never mentioning the left-to-right movement in previous interviews.

    Zimmerman contends he lost track of Martin and was returning to his car when he was attacked, but Bahadoor's testimony appeared to suggest Zimmerman was moving away from his vehicle.

    Later during her testimony, O'Mara questioned Bahadoor about something she posted online, Channel 9’s Kathi Belich reported.

    O’Mara forced Bahadoor to admit to a Facebook post on her page calling Zimmerman a killer and calling for online signatures to demand his arrest.

    “Tell me what that says on your Facebook, front page, right there, read that,” asked O’Mara.

    “Prosecute the killer of our son, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin,” said Bahadoor.

    “Thank you,” said O’Mara.

    Bahadoor had signed the petition.

    WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said it's hard to tell so far which side the state's witnesses are testifying for.

    “The defense has managed to turn the state's witnesses and get good testimony that supports Zimmerman's defense,” Sheaffer said.

     A Sanford police sergeant who was the second officer to arrive on the scene also testified. Sgt. Tony Raimondo said he tried to seal a bullet wound in Martin's chest with a plastic bag and attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

    “I breathed for Mr. Martin,” said Raimondo. “I tried to, sir." 

    Bubbling sounds indicated air was escaping the teen's chest, Raimondo said.

    During Raimondo's testimony, prosecutors showed jurors a photo of a dead Martin face-down in the grass, another of Martin's body face up with his eyes slightly open, and a third of the bullet wound.

    Martin's father, Tracy Martin, walked out of the courtroom during the testimony. Martin’s mother stayed in the courtroom but wouldn’t look at the photos.

    Also taking the stand was crime scene technician Diana Smith, who went over the evidence, which included the bag of Skittles, Arizona Iced Tea can and headphones that were Martin's.

    The evidence also included Zimmerman’s gun, which the crime scene tech handled without protective gloves to preserve the evidence.

    "Was that the gun and holster received from Officer Tim Smith in connection with this case?" asked prosecutor John Guy.

    “Yes, it is,” said Smith.

    “Other than the area immediately surrounding the body, did you locate any blood at the scene?" asked Guy.

    “No, I did not,” said Smith.

    The defense questioned Smith about the work she failed to do at the scene, which has resulted in the inability to really authenticate some of the evidence, Belich said.

    “In this instance, there were no chemicals used specifically on the sidewalk or anywhere else that might reveal the presence of blood?" asked defense attorney Don West.

    “That is correct,” Smith responded.

    “Are you able to tell me roughly how far it is from Marker 1 to Marker 6?” West asked.

    “No, sir,“ Smith said, meaning she never measured the distance between Zimmerman's keys and Martin's body.

    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement did a computer rendition of the scene to attempt to address that issue.

    Zimmerman's defense seemed to do a good job on Tuesday, turning witnesses for the prosecution into witnesses who actually helped Zimmerman's case, Belich reported.

    One of those witnesses was Wendy Dorival, the former coordinator of the Sanford Police Department's neighborhood watch program. She testified how she had worked with Zimmerman to set up a watch in his neighborhood.

    Dorival said Zimmerman told her he had been a criminal justice major, which she "thought was great... (We) wanted to recruit him to be a citizen on patrol volunteer."

    When asked by prosecutor John Guy if neighborhood watch participants should follow or engage with suspicious people, she said no.

    "They are the eyes and ears of law enforcement," Dorival said. "They're not supposed to take matters into their own hands."

    West asked her an even more specific question.

    “Someone is in the rain and they don't seem to be running or jogging, exercising. They just seem to be at a place in the neighborhood. That seems a little wrong. And they seem to be having a purpose,” said West.

    “Yeah, there's no purpose, then calling 911 nonemergency dispatch,” said Dorival.

    Similarly, Donald O'Brien, president of Zimmerman's homeowners association, said it was his understanding that neighborhood watch members are supposed to "stay at a safe distance" and "let the police handle it."

    But Dorival said she was impressed with Zimmerman's professionalism and dedication to his community and even asked him to be a citizen patrol volunteer.

    "He seemed like he really wanted to make changes in his community, to make it better," she said.

    Earlier in the day, Judge Debra Nelson listened to prior calls during proceedings Tuesday, before the jury was allowed in court. After listening to the five previous 911 calls, Nelson said she would make a ruling after reviewing prior cases.

    Prosecutor Richard Mantei told Nelson that the five calls are central to the prosecution's argument that he committed second-degree murder since it shows his growing ill will at people he viewed as suspicious who were walking through his neighborhood.

    The calls made in the six months before Zimmerman fatally shot 17-year-old Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, reflect the neighborhood watch volunteer's growing frustration with repeated break-ins at his gated community of Twin Lakes townhomes and plays into the prosecution's theory that his view of Martin as a suspicious character was "the straw that broke the camel's back," Mantei said.

    O'Mara argued that the calls were irrelevant and that no previous incidents matter except the seven or eight minutes prior to when Zimmerman fired the deadly shot into Martin's chest.

    "They're going to ask the jury to make a leap from a good, responsible, citizen behavior to seething behavior," O'Mara said of the prosecution's depiction of Zimmerman's actions.

    Jurors are being sequestered for the duration of the trial, which could last several weeks.

    Zimmerman, 29, could get life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder.

    Follow Kathi Belich on Twitter at @KBelichWFTV for gavel-to-gavel coverage of the trial.

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