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Zimmerman's lawyers: Cops will testify for us They usually testify on behalf of the state
The Orlando Sentinel ^ | October 24, 2012 | Rene Stutzman

Posted on 10/24/2012 2:13:40 PM PDT by Uncle Chip

George Zimmerman's lawyers today notified prosecutors that their witness list now includes a who's who of the Sanford Police Department's chain of command at the time of Trayvon Martin's death, including the police chief, major crimes captain, sergeant and case detectives.

It is an unusual defense strategy. Police officers typically testify for the state, explaining how they gathered the evidence that that led to charges.

In this case, it suggests that Zimmerman's attorneys believe the testimony of Sanford officers will help – not hurt - their client.

The list has on it a dozen names, including former chief Bill Lee; Bob O'Connor, the major crimes captain who oversaw the investigation; Lt. Randy Smith, the former sergeant who supervised the detectives investigating the case; and lead Investigator Chris Serino.

Sanford police investigated the case for several weeks without making an arrest. Lee and Serino said they were working to gather evidence for a manslaughter charge when they decided to hand the case over to State Attorney Norm Wolfinger.

Nine days later, Gov. Rick Scott took the case from Wolfinger by naming a special prosecutor, Angela Corey, the elected state attorney in Jacksonville.

She had Zimmerman arrested April 11 on a charge of second-degree murder.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara on Friday said he was surprised when Sanford police Sgt. Joseph Santiago testified during a deposition last week that after more than two weeks of daily meetings at the police department at which officers agreed there was not enough evidence to charge Zimmerman, Serino signed paperwork that he turned over to Wolfinger, saying he had probable cause to charge Zimmerman with manslaughter.

Santiago is one of the 12 Sanford police officers on today's new witness list.

(Excerpt) Read more at orlandosentinel.com ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: trayvonmartin; zimmerman
Well the state still has DeeDee and Crump :)
1 posted on 10/24/2012 2:13:50 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

Political persecution of the white Hispanic.


2 posted on 10/24/2012 2:17:39 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: TigerClaws

How about the stupid that made the poor muhamed film and has been under a jail since


3 posted on 10/24/2012 2:25:55 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Uncle Chip

...and suddenly the Prosecution wants a gag order..


4 posted on 10/24/2012 2:58:43 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Uncle Chip
Of course the case is upside down this way. That was clear the day the murder charge was filed. All that's happened here is O'Mara has named the investigators as (potential) witnesses.

DeeDee's story, whatever it is, is in trouble too, as far as making it into evidence.

5 posted on 10/24/2012 3:14:01 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Uncle Chip

Well they “Normally Testify for the State” ... whoa getting out of their Comfort Zone or maybe they plan on telling the Truth... Image Enhancement?

Must not be any Money in it for the City Coffers for them, so they can go off script.

Revenue Enhancement Agents are NOT your friends ... and they are the folks on the other side of that 911 call.

You don’t have to believe me ... ask your Dog

TT ;^)


6 posted on 10/24/2012 3:55:41 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Radical islam is islam. Moderate islam is the Trojan Horse.)
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