Zimmerman Jurors Shown Crime Scene Photos, Hear Evidence About Neighborhood Watch Programs
June 25th, 2013 | WMFE- Jurors in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial got their first glimpse of the crime scene Tuesday. It was an emotional moment in the courtroom when prosecutors showed photos of teenager Trayvon Martin, who was fatally shot in a scuffle with Zimmerman.
[George Zimmerman - photo by Joe Burbank, Orlando Sentinel]
One photo showed Martin's body, dressed in a hoodie, lying face-down in the dark and illuminated by a flashlight. Other photos showed his face and chest wound.
Earlier in the day a Sanford police staff member who organized a neighborhood watch program described Zimmerman as someone who seemed like he wanted to make his community better.
Wendy Dorival testified Zimmerman's homeowner's association had asked him to
contact her about Neighborhood Watch, after the neighborhood had experienced
She said she knew Zimmerman had majored in criminal justice in college.
"He seemed a little meek to me. He seemed like he really wanted to make changes in his community to make it better."
Dorival described Neighborhood Watch groups as the "eyes and ears" of
police, but they are not instructed to pursue or engage anyone suspicious. She said Citizens on Patrol volunteers undergo four to five weeks of training and wear polo shirt-style uniforms.