Trayvon Martin Case: George Zimmerman profiled Martin as a criminal, state says

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"What was his crime? He bought Skittles and a (drink)... that was his crime," Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda said in his closing arguments Thursday.

 

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  • Sanford, FL -- Trayvon Martin was killed because he was profiled as a criminal. That's what Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda told the six-person jury in the George Zimmerman murder trial Thursday afternoon during the state's closing arguments.

    "A teenager is dead through no fault of his own," de la Rionda said. "Because another man made certain assumptions... and acted on those assumptions."

    De le Rionda said Martin was minding his own business when he was walking in the rain to his dad's girlfriend's home on Feb. 26, 2012. He told the courtroom that's when Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer started to "track him" and "follow him."

    "What was his crime? He bought Skittles and a (drink)... that was his crime."

    De la Rionda went on to say Zimmerman's decision to follow Martin demonstrated the neighborhood watch volunteer's ill will and hatred. He told the jury Zimmerman's own words showed that too when he said "f---ing punks" and "these a--holes always get away" during a call to police.

    At one point during closings, de la Rionda showed the jury an autopsy photo of Martin later saying Martin's parents will no longer be able to take pictures of their son.

    The defense will present their closing arguments starting at 8:30 Friday morning.

    When the jury begins deliberations they will consider both a charge of second degree murder as well as a lesser charge of manslaughter. Judge Debra Nelson ruling on Thursday that the lesser charge of manslaughter can be included in jury instructions.

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