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Prosecution: Street Address Was Clearly Visible, Zimmerman Sought to Confront Martin

Continuing his testimony today, Christopher Serino, the lead investigator of the Trayvon Martin shooting, provided evidence that may undermine George Zimmerman’s narrative of the shooting.

Yesterday, jurors heard an audio recording of Zimmerman’s interview with police officers and watched a video reenactment in which Zimmerman walked investigators through the night’s events. In both, Zimmerman said that he got out of his car not to apprehend or confront Martin, but simply to find a street name and an address to give police officers that were arriving at the scene.

Today, however, prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda replayed the video reenactment and pointed out that immediately to the right of where Zimmerman claimed he parked his car, there is a house with a clearly visible address. 

Making this point, Rionda raised his voice and asked, “So the defendant in that reenactment, when he’s pointing at all the back of these houses, when he’s claiming he doesn’t have an address there’s an address staring right there in front of him, isn’t that true, sir?” To which Serino replied, “Yes there is.”

A few minutes later, Rionda made the point that there are only three streets in the Zimmerman’s neighborhood, and that it is difficult to believe that as a leader of the neighborhood watch, Zimmerman did not know what street he was on.

These points may corroborate the prosecution’s argument that Zimmerman did not follow the advice of the police and ran out to apprehend Martin. 

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