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Expert: Evidence suggests Martin was atop Zimmerman during shooting

July 9, 2013 at 3:59 PM

SANFORD, Fla., July 9 (UPI) -- A gunshot expert testified in George Zimmerman's murder trial Tuesday that evidence suggests Trayvon Martin was atop George Zimmerman when Martin was shot.

Forensic pathologist and former San Antonio chief medical officer Dr. Vincent Di Maio said in the Sanford, Fla., trial the physical evidence in the case suggests Zimmerman's gun was in contact with Martin's clothing when the shot was fired, and that his clothes were two to four inches from his skin.

Zimmerman's attorneys are arguing that Martin was atop Zimmerman when Martin was shot and killed by the neighborhood watch captain, with gravity pulling Martin's hooded sweatshirt away from his body, the Orlando sentinel reported.

Di Maio, in testimony, confirmed the physical evidence confirms Zimmerman's account.

Earlier Tuesday, attorneys debated if jurors should see an animation, produced by the defense, of the encounter between Zimmerman and Martin. Prosecutor Richard Mantei argued the animation may not meet the standards of admissibility, adding it had been altered several times to better fit the testimony of Di Maio, who had not yet been called to testimony.

Animator David Schumaker was called to testify, and explained the 3-D mapping software, combined with witness testimony, police and crime scene photographs, to recreate the shooting in an animation format, the newspaper said.

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