The state rests in the George Zimmerman trial. The judge denied the defense’s application for acquittal. The week ended with the defense calling its first two witnesses, Gladys Zimmerman and her brother.
UPDATE: Dr. Shiping Bao acknowledges he changed his opinion on how long Trayvon Martin was alive after being shot, the effect of marijuana in the teen’s body.
Shiping Bao, state medical examiner, takes the stand in the George Zimmerman murder trial. Bao says, “I believe he [Trayvon Martin] was alive for one to ten minutes after he was shot. His heart was bleeding until there was no blood left.” Of the single, fatal shot he adds, “There is no chance he could survive. Zero.”
Bao is an expert in forensic pathology and conducted the final autopsy on Trayvon Martin. He determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the chest.
Shiping Bao also described the path of the bullet: “Perforations of anterior wall of space between 5th and 6th ribs. Bullet went through the pericardial sac, right ventricle of the heart, posterior wall of right ventricle of the heart. We recovered 1700 milliliters of blood in the right lower cavity, 1000 milliliters of blood in the left cavity.”
I don’t know if it’s fair to expect Shiping Bao to remember every detail about the autopsy he performed on Trayvon Martin, considering he does many. But judging from the prominence of the case, I am a little surprised he said he has ‘zero’ recollection of the autopsy. Here’s a tweet from the Miami Herald:
Dr. Bao says he has no recollection of performing autopsy on #TrayvonMartin: “I do not remember anything. Zero. I rely on my notes.”
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) July 5, 2013
There was drama in the court as Shiping Bao and defense attorney Don West knocked heads. Here’s the account from HLN-TV. This back-and-forth is reminiscent of Don West and Rachel Jeantel. Don West was trying to rattle Dr. Bao, but the good doctor wasn’t trying to take his mess.
Here’s an excerpt of Dr. Bao’s testimony:
11:55 a.m. ET: West requests time to make copies of and review Bao’s notes. He objects, but Judge Debra Nelson recesses the court for lunch. Copies will be made of his notes and Judge Nelson assures they’ll be destroyed after his testimony ends.
11:53 am. ET: The defense attorneys grin while reviewing Bao’s notes. From the witness stand, the medical examiner asks “Is there something funny there?”
11:50 a.m. ET: Bao is reading his answers off personal notes. “I typed out potential answers to your potential questions.” West asks to see the notes, but Bao replied “I’d rather you not.” Judge Nelson tells him both sides’ attorneys are entitled to view his notes.
11:46 a.m. ET: West asks if Martin’s wet clothes were sealed in a plastic bag before examination. “If anybody do that, he’ll be gone the next day. This is a very basic concept,” Bao says. He adds it’s standard procedure to use a paper bag instead of a plastic bag for clothing.
11:38 a.m. ET: West and Bao are arguing about his not responding to West’s question about the autopsy timeline. Judge Nelson tells the witness to “please stop speaking so Mr. West can ask the next question.”
11:32 a.m. ET: West asks Bao about the time which passed between when Martin was shot and when his body was removed from the scene. West says it was a little less than three hours (approx. 7:15 p.m. to 10:10 p.m.) though Bao will not confirm that since he was not at the scene himself.
Bao said he believes that there were two shirts between Travyon Martin’s skin and the gun. He said based on the stipling, there was intermediate distance, which is 0.4 inches to four feet. He was excused subject to recall.
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