Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Judge Nelson announced his afternoon that closing arguments of counsel in the Zimmerman case will begin at 1 pm EDT tomorrow and wrap up on Friday.
Richard Mantei will give the State’s first closing argument.
The defendant apparently has decided not to testify.
Judge Nelson also said that she has been conducting an independent investigation of apparent violations of the sequestration rule by several individuals listed as possible witnesses by the prosecution and the defense. These people were excluded from the courtroom and prohibited from discussing the case, until they completed their testimony and were excused by counsel and the Court.
John Goode and a Mr. Donnelly were identified as two of the offenders. Both were seen in court discussing the case and Donnelly has admitted discussing the case with the defense expert who produced the computer animation.
The purpose of the sequestration rule is to prevent witnesses as well as jurors from contaminating their memories of events relevant and material to the case.
The State has filed a motion to strike the testimony of the witnesses who violated the rule. They are defense witnesses who identified the defendant as the person who uttered the terrified death shriek.
Court resumea tomorrow at 9 am EDT.