SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors at George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial have been presenting evidence about his work in a college criminal justice course.
They say the work shows that Zimmerman knew about Florida’s self-defense law. In an interview last year with Fox News, Zimmerman had maintained that he did not know about the law.
Zimmerman is claiming that he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense.
Prosecutors called as a witness the military attorney who taught Zimmerman’s class — a class that covered Florida’s stand-your-ground law. The law says a person has no duty to retreat and can invoke self-defense in killing someone if it is necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm.
The instructor described Zimmerman as one of his better students, and said he got an “A” in the class.
In addition to allowing that testimony today, the judge ruled that prosecutors can show the jury Zimmerman’s job application to a police agency in 2009, and his application to ride around with Sanford police a year later.
196-a-11-(Army Capt. Alexis Carter, prosecution witness, with prosecutor Richard Mantei, in trial testimony)-”like a gunshot — second reference”-Army Captain Alexis Carter, who taught George Zimmerman in a criminal justice case, says the question of disproportionate force was covered in class. (3 Jul 2013)
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184-c-18-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent)-”that he didn’t”-AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports prosecutors were allowed to introduce records of George Zimmerman’s criminal justice course. (3 Jul 2013)
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APPHOTO FLJR106: George Zimmerman, left, and defense attorney Mark O’Mara speak during a recess in Zimmerman’s trial in Seminole County circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen, in 2012. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Jacob Langston, Pool) (3 Jul 2013)
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APPHOTO FLJR209: Capt. Alexis Carter speaks during the George Zimmerman trial in Seminole County circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen, in 2012. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Jacob Langston, Pool) (3 Jul 2013)
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