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Gunshot expert backs Zimmerman's story

3 years 8 months 2 weeks ago July 09, 2013 Jul 9, 2013 Tuesday, July 09 2013 July 09, 2013 3:30 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

SANFORD, Fla. - A gunshot wound expert hired by the defense has testified that the forensic evidence backs George Zimmerman's account that Trayvon Martin was on top of him when he fatally shot the teen.

However, under cross-examination, Dr. Vincent DiMaio conceded that the wound could also be consistent with Martin pulling away from Zimmerman.

Some of Zimmerman's neighbors have said the neighborhood watch volunteer was on top of Martin, but the pathologist said he did not factor those statements into his conclusions.

DiMaio says the trajectory of the bullet and the gun powder on Martin's body support Zimmerman's version that the teen was on top of him when Zimmerman fired his gun into Martin's chest.

He said the gun muzzle was against Martin's clothing, and was anywhere from two to four inches from Martin's skin.

DiMaio also testified that lacerations to the back of Zimmerman's head were consistent with his head striking a concrete sidewalk.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara told the judge today that the defense will probably finish putting on its case tomorrow. Zimmerman, so far, hasn't testified. But he's been seen repeatedly in video recordings, telling his side of the story to police investigators.

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