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Zimmerman trial: Jurors view gun used to shoot Martin and teen's body

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Jurors were shown a slew of evidence Tuesday in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, including the 9-mm. handgun used to fatally shoot Florida teen Trayvon Martin, as witnesses for the prosecution took the stand for a second day.

Diana Smith, a crime scene technician for the Sanford Police Department, testified Tuesday as prosecutors introduced photographs of the crime scene and evidence collected by the police.

Jurors were shown a can of Arizona Iced Tea and a bag of Skittles, the items Martin bought at a convenience store on the night he was killed.

The prosecution also introduced photographs taken of Zimmerman after the shooting that appeared to show him with a bloody nose, blood dripping behind his ear and lumps and a cut on the back of his head.

The six female jurors paid close attention as Smith held up the firearm that belonged to  Zimmerman – the same one used to fatally shoot the 17-year-old.

The seventh witness called in the trial was Sgt. Tony Raimondo, a veteran police officer and former Marine who arrived on the scene shortly after Martin was shot. 

The prosecution showed jurors graphic photos of the dead teen as the Sanford police sergeant described bubbling sounds that came from the teen's bullet wound. Raimondo testified he tried to seal the bullet wound in Martin's chest with a plastic bag and attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but Martin was pronounced dead a short time later.

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Five separate calls to police by George Zimmerman to report "suspicious" characters, made before his encounter with Trayvon Martin, should be heard by jurors in his second-degree trial, prosecutors argued earlier in the day.

Richard Mantei said the calls are necessary to understand Zimmerman's state of mind in the minutes before he fatally shot Trayvon Martin in February 2012. The calls show that Zimmerman had growing ill-will toward people walking in or near his gated Sanford neighborhood, Mantei told Circuit Judge Debra Nelson.

With jurors out of the Seminole County courtroom, the calls were played aloud in court for Nelson. In the calls, Zimmerman describes the people he considered suspicious as black males.

Zimmerman made nonemergency calls to law enforcement several times between January 2011 and the night of the shooting to report "suspicious" activity in or near his gated Sanford neighborhood.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara said the calls were irrelevant to the Martin shooting.

"They're going to ask the jury to make a leap from a good, responsible, citizen behavior to seething behavior," O'Mara said of the prosecution's depiction of Zimmerman's actions.

Nelson said she would make a ruling on allowing jurors to hear the calls after reviewing previous cases.

Prosecutors on Tuesday called Wendy Dorival, a former coordinator for Sanford Police's neighborhood watch program who helped Zimmerman set up a watch program at The Retreat at Twin Lakes.

Volunteers "are not supposed to take matters into their own hands," Dorival said when prosecutor John Guy asked her whether neighborhood watch participants should follow suspicious people.

However, Dorival said Zimmerman was professional and dedicated in her encounters with him.

"He seemed like he really wanted to make changes in his community, to make it better," Dorival said.

The case has become a symbol of growing racial tension across the country. The Martin family claims Zimmerman racially profiled the unarmed, hoodie-wearing black teenager as he walked through Zimmerman's neighborhood after stopping at a 7-Eleven for snacks.

Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Martin. He claims self-defense. Zimmerman, whose mother is Hispanic and whose father is white, has denied the confrontation had anything to do with race.

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On Monday, drama unfolded during opening statements from the prosecution and defense teams.

Nelson asked the neighborhood watch volunteer's wife and his parents to leave the courtroom. George's father, Robert Zimmerman Sr., mother Gladys,  and wife, Shellie, were escorted from the courtroom after the prosecution invoked sequestration rules, which bar witnesses from courtroom proceedings until the state concludes the case.

"They shouldn't by that maneuver be allowed to remove the defense family from the courtroom," O'Mara said.

Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump was also made to leave.

The defense briefly focused on getting Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, out of the courtroom, accusing him of cursing at a family friend. But the judge ruled that he could stay.

Prosecutors shocked jurors early Monday by beginning their opening statements with obscene language, which he says Zimmerman used during a call to a nonemergency line on the night of February 26, 2012, when Martin was shot by Zimmerman after a confrontation between the two.

Assistant State Attorney John Guy's first words to the jury recounted the profane words Zimmerman told a dispatcher in a call shortly after spotting Martin: "F------ punks. These a-------. They always get away."

Guy took just over 30 minutes to get his point across. Guy said Zimmerman was profiling Martin as he followed him. A confrontation ensued, then Zimmerman shot Martin, Guy said.

"George Zimmerman did not shoot Trayvon Martin because he had too. He shot him for the worst of all reasons: because he wanted to," Guy told jurors.

Defense attorney Don West opened with a knock-knock joke, hoping to illustrate the difficulty in picking a jury amid all the publicity.

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"Knock. Knock," said defense attorney Don West.

"Who is there?"

"George Zimmerman."

"George Zimmerman who?"

"All right, good. You're on the jury."

The joke didn't play well with his audience, and West later apologized.

Defense attorney Don West's opening statements lasted 2 hours, 38 minutes. He told jurors that Zimmerman was being viciously attacked and was sucker-punched by Martin just before he shot the 17-year-old.

"Trayvon Martin armed himself with a concrete sidewalk and used it to smash George Zimmerman's head," West said.

Showing the jury photos of a bloodied and bruised Zimmerman, the defense attorney said, "He had just taken tremendous blows to his face, tremendous blows to his head."

Four witnesses took the stand Monday, including the teenage son of Tracy Martin's girlfriend, the nonemergency dispatcher who received Zimmerman's call on the night of the shooting, a communications supervisor and a cashier at the 7-Eleven where Trayvon Martin bought snacks before the shooting.

After being shown surveillance video from the convenience store recorded on the night of February 26, 2012, former cashier Andrew Gaugh was asked, "Is the customer that brought the Skittles and the Arizona drink product the gentleman walking through the store right now?"

"Yes," Gaugh replied.

Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, said she will be in the courtroom every day.

"I will be attending this court and to try to get justice for my son. I ask that you pray for me and my family, because I don't want any other mother to have to experience what I'm going through now," Fulton said.

Dozens showed up to a town hall meeting organized by the NAACP to discuss the trial. Organizers addressed a range of issues from "stand your ground" to gun violence.

Under Florida law, Zimmerman could shoot Martin in self-defense if it was necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm. O'Mara previously decided not to invoke a "stand your ground" hearing in which a judge alone would decide whether to dismiss the case or allow it to proceed to trial.

If convicted, Zimmerman could face a potential life sentence.

Information from The Associated Press and FoxNews.com was used in this report.

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