Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Trials ebb and flow. There are good days and bad days. The struggle for us is to remain on an even keel throughout the case, taking the good with the bad without getting too excited or too depressed.
The good news today was provided by Diane Smith, a crime scene technician employed by the Sanford Police Department. Using flashlights, she and several police officers visually searched the two sidewalks that intersect each other forming the “T.” They did not find any blood.
This result is inconsistent with the defendant’s claim that Trayvon attempted to beat him to death by punching him repeatedly in the face and slamming the back of his head into the concrete sidewalk many times.
She also testified that the DNA lab did not detect the presence of the defendant’s blood or DNA in Trayvon’s fingernail clippings or on the cuffs and lower sleeves of Trayvon’s two sweatshirts. This result also is inconsistent with the defendant’s statement.
Finally, she told us that Trayvon’s DNA and latent fingerprints were not detected on the defendant’s gun.
I believe Don West told the jury during his opening statement that Zimmerman’s DNA would have been detected on Trayvon’s clothing, if his clothing had been packaged in paper bags instead of plastic bags.
Turns out that the clothing was packaged in paper bags
Mark O’Mara joined the hit parade today when he accused witness Selene Bahador of recently changing her statement to add that she heard loud yelling behind her townhome that appeared to be moving N/B in the direction of the T. He was nasty.
She said that she formed her opinion long ago but failed to include it her statements.
I assume she is telling the truth. Whether she is or not, she did not deserve the treatment she received from O’Mara.
We resume tomorrow morning at 9 am EDT.
Here’s the link to the livestream coverage.