As the trial continues more revelations are being made about that fateful night Trayvon was killed:
A neighbor of George Zimmerman cried as she testified today about hearing a boy’s cry for help shortly before she heard a gun go off.
But Jayne Surdyka also testified on the third day of testimony in Zimmerman’s murder trial that she heard multiple gunshots, ‘pop, pop, pop’.
Only one shot was fired in the fatal encounter between Zimmerman and 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
‘I truly believe the second yell for help was a yelp,’ said Surdyka, who later dabbed away tears as prosecutors played her frantic 911 call. ‘It was excruciating. I really felt it was a boy’s voice.’
Day three: George Zimmerman enters the courtroom for the third day of his trial in Seminole circuit court on June 26
Witness Jane Surdyka dabbed away tears as prosecutors played her frantic 911 call: ‘It was excruciating. I really felt it was a boy’s voice’
Opposing teams: Assistant state attorney Bernie de la Rionda, left, and defense attorney Mark O’Mara, right, speak during a recess in George Zimmerman’s trial
Diagram: Witness Jane Surdyka, left, points to a map of The Retreat at Twin Lakes being held by Assistant state attorney Bernie de la Rionda
Surdyka told the court that before the shooting, she heard an aggressive voice and a softer voice exchanging words for several minutes.
‘It was someone being very aggressive and angry at someone,’ she said.
During the struggle, she said, she saw a person in dark clothes on top of the other person. Martin was wearing a dark sweatshirt and Zimmerman wore red clothing.
Surdyka said she saw the person who was on top get off the body after the shot was fired.
During cross-examination, defense attorney Don West tried to show there was a lapse in what Surdyka saw.
Defense attorneys contend Martin was on top of Zimmerman during the struggle, but after the neighborhood watch volunteer fired a shot, Zimmerman got on top of Martin.
West also challenged Surdyka about her belief that the cry for help was a boy’s voice, saying she was making an assumption about whose voice it was.
Another neighbor, Jeannee Manalo, testified after Surdyka that she believed Zimmerman was on top of Martin. Manalo also described hearing howling, but she couldn’t tell who it was coming from.
Neighbor: Witness Jeannee Manalo testified that she believed Zimmerman was on top of Martin and also described hearing howling, but she couldn’t tell who it was coming from
Accused: Zimmerman, 29, could get life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder for gunning down Martin as the young man walked from a convenience store
Cross examination: Defense attorney Don West questions witness Jane Surdyka during George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial
George Zimmerman speaks with attorney Lorna Truett: He has claimed self-defense, saying he opened fire after the teenager jumped him and began slamming his head against the concrete sidewalk
Under cross-examination, defense attorney Mark O’Mara asked why she had never mentioned her belief that Zimmerman was on top in previous police interviews.
He made her read back a transcript of an interview in which she described only seeing shadows.
Other neighbors also have described hearing cries for help that were captured on their calls to 911.
Martin’s parents have said they came from their son, while Zimmerman’s father has said he believes the cries belong to his son.
Both prosecutors and defense attorneys believe they could show whether Zimmerman or Martin was the aggressor in the encounter at the Retreat at Twin Lakes townhome complex on February 26, 2012.
Defense attorneys successfully argued against allowing prosecution experts who claimed the cries belonged to Martin.
Also today, Judge Debra Nelson announced that an alternate juror — a young, Hispanic man — had been dismissed for reasons unrelated to the case.
The juror, a maintenance technician, said during jury selection that he also competed in arm wrestling competitions and could do a one-armed pull-up.
His dismissal leaves only a middle-aged white man on the jury panel along with eight women. He is currently an alternate
Graphic: The State of Florida shows photos of Trayvon Martin’s body from the night of the shooting as evidence, the sight of which caused his parents to leave the court
Exhibit 15: Number signs mark pieces of evidence. Trayvon’s body can be seen in the background
Initial view: Sgt Raimondo described in detail how he found Trayvon’s body lying face down on the grass when he arrived at the crime scene five minutes after the 911 call was made
Candy: Diana Smith, crime scene technician for the Sanford Police Department, shows a bag of Skittles, which was collected as evidence, to the jury during Zimmerman’s trial today
The judge also ruled this morning that she would allow at trial five police dispatch calls Zimmerman made in the months before his encounter with Martin.
Prosecutors want to use the calls to bolster their argument that Zimmerman was increasingly frustrated with repeated burglaries and had reached a breaking point the night he shot the unarmed teenager.
Prosecutors played the calls for the judge Tuesday with the jurors out of the courtroom.
The recordings show Zimmerman’s ‘ill will’, prosecutor Richard Mantei said.
‘It shows the context in which the defendant sought out his encounter with Trayvon Martin,’ he said.Zimmerman, whose father is white and whose mother is Hispanic, has denied the confrontation with the black teenager had anything to do with race, as Martin’s family and its supporters have charged.
There were emotional scenes in the Sanford courtroom yesterday as jurors were shown graphic pictures of Trayvon’s body – including close-ups of the gunshot wound – after he was killed.
His parents Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton left the room shortly after the harrowing images were projected onto a large screen.
Sanford Sgt Anthony Raimondo was called to the stand yesterday afternoon – the same sergeant who was described in opening statements as the one who tried to ‘breathe life’ into Trayvon.
Under cross examination he explained what he found after arriving on the crime scene ‘within five minutes’ of when the 911 call was made.
He described in detail how he found Trayvon’s body lying face down on the grass with his hands underneath him.
He checked for a pulse twice and turned him over to perform CPR. As he tried to revive the teen, he told the court he could hear bubbling sounds coming out of Trayvon’s chest as he attempted to resuscitate him.
He asked people who had come from their homes after the shooting for Saran wrap and Vaseline to plug the wound. One of the bystanders brought him a plastic bag.
Later, jurors were shown pictures of the Arizona fruit juice can and pack of skittles the 17-year-old had just bought in the 7/11.
Crime scene technician Diana Smith presented several pieces of evidence to the court room as well as describing the area where she put yellow markers down.
Prosecutor John Guy asks Smith to point out and describe each item at the scene – which included a flashlight, cell phone and plastic bag as well as the skittles and juice can.