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Zimmerman attorney: 'Pure, unadulterated innocence'

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Updated: 7/12/2013 6:30 pm
SANFORD, Fla. -- Any minute now, we could have a verdict in the George Zimmerman case.  The jury started deliberating at 2:30 p.m. Friday after one more last-minute attempt by attorneys on both sides to plead their cases. 

Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, said the facts point to only one outcome: "Innocence.  Pure, unadulterated innocence."

In his closing arguments, he said there's no evidence proving George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin in anything but self-defense.

"How many 'what ifs' have you heard from the state in this case?" he asked.  "They don't get to ask you that."

He said there are no facts to back up the state's claim that Zimmerman was nothing more than a trigger-happy wannabe cop who profiled the 17-year-old as a prowler in his neighborhood.

Prosecutor John Guy fired back.

"If that defendant had done only what he was supposed to do, see and call, none of us would be here.  None of us," he said.

Guy told the jury that Martin was a child, who was forced to fight for his life that February night in 2012, unsure of why a man he didn't know was following him.

"Isn't that every child's worst nightmare?" he asked.  "To be followed on the way home in the dark by a stranger?"

Before leaving to deliberate, the defense showed the jury an animated version of the confrontation, complete with the gunshot and a scream. 

Still, no one knows whose scream it was.  Just one example, the defense says, that the state doesn't have the facts to back up its case.

The state asked jurors to listen to their hearts, and to realize Martin was killed in cold blood.

The jury has three options: Find Zimmerman guilty of second-degree murder, guilty of manslaughter, or not guilty at all.
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doug1 - 7/14/2013 8:51 PM
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you were right Mark. justice was served, thank God. doug1
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