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Prosecutors attack Zimmerman story several ways

July 3, 2013 • National News


Defense attorney Mark O’Mara questions Sanford, Fla., police officer Chris Serino during the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole circuit court, Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in Sanford. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A judge tossed out a Florida police detective’s statement that he found George Zimmerman credible in his description of fighting with Trayvon Martin, a decision that could benefit prosecutors who are trying to discredit the defendant’s self-defense claims.

Other efforts by prosecutors to attack Zimmerman’s version of events on Tuesday included the cross examination of a friend he called after shooting Martin and the testimony of a doctor who found the defendant’s injuries to be insignificant. They also sought to introduce school records that indicate the neighborhood watch volunteer had studied the state’s self-defense law, in another swipe at his truthfulness.

Prosecutors took the unusual step of trying to pick apart the statements of a Sanford, Fla., police Login to read more

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