De la Rionda said the lack of Martin's DNA on Zimmerman's gun "refutes" Zimmerman's purported claim to his friend, Mark Osterman, that Martin grabbed his gun.
After a short break, de la Rionda resumed closing arguments by saying, "Two people. One shot to death and one who repeatedly lies about how it happened ... and he wants you to let him off."
De la Rionda then highlighted Zimmerman's discrepancies about Martin coming out of the bushes and Zimmerman saying he was afraid but got out of his truck anyways.
"He's trying to make up one lie after the other after the other," de la Rionda said.
The defense objected to de la Rionda citing improper statement of case law, perhaps regarding whether it was illegal for Zimmerman to remove his gun when he was first confronted.
Jurors started taking notes for the first time during the closings when de la Rionda argued about the gun placement. He then showed the video reenactment of Zimmerman and de la Rionda said Zimmerman knew the name of the street he couldn't remember the night before.
The jurors then saw Zimmerman's video interview at the Sanford Police Department. De la Rionda ended his closing arguments by getting to the elements on the crime.
More than 50 state and defense witnesses were called over the last two-and-a-half weeks.
The state began its case on June 24 after nearly two weeks of jury selection and rested on July 5, calling 38 witnesses. Testimony included Martin’s mother, who said it was Martin who was screaming on the background of the 911 calls.
The defense began its case July 5 and rested on July 10, calling 18 witnesses, many of whom testifying that it was Zimmerman’s voice in the background of the 911 calls. Former Sanford police chief Bill Lee also testified.
Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, has pleaded not guilty, claiming he shot Martin in self-defense. Zimmerman never testified about the fatal struggle with Martin, a 17-year-old Miami teen who was not armed. Jurors, however, saw repeated video recordings of Zimmerman telling his story to investigators.
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