Transcript for Zimmerman Prosecution's Emotional Closing Argument
Now, to the latest in the high-profile trial of george zimmerman. The case expected to go to the jury today after defense delivers its closing arguments. The precution made its case, arguing zimmerman is a liar and guilty of murder. Abc's matt gutman is in sanford, florida, with the latest on all this for us. Good morning, matt. Reporter: Good morning, robin. That's right. This morning, it's the defense's attorney now. I spoke to zimmerman's attorneys overnight. They say they want their presentation to be a decidedly low-key affair. The attorneys are going to tell the jury why they think zimmerman acted in self-defense. They're going to do it calmly. They want theirs to be as different as possible from the theatrics-filled presentation from the prosecution. A teenager is dead. He is dead through no fault of his own. Reporter: It was a closing statement packed with emotional punch. Do you believe that there's an innocent man sitting over there right now? Reporter: The lead prosecutor, animatedly laying out his case to the jurors. That george zimmerman is guilty of second-degree murder. Why does the defendant get out of the car if he thinks that trayvon martin is a threat to him? Why? Why? Because he's got a gun. He's got the equalizer. Reporter: Insisting zimmerman profiled, followed and targeted 17-year-old trayvon martin. When he profiled a 17-year-old boy that had skittles. Reporter: At times, he is getting fiery. He automatically assumed that trayvon martin was a criminal. Reporter: Other times, theatrical. He never did anything. He is dancing away. La, la, la. That's what he's claiming. Reporter: Most jurors listened intently. Some stroked their chins or nodded. But the defendant, george zimmerman, stared straight ahead, stone-faced, until this. The man who is guilty of second-degree murder. Reporter: Some say the prosecutor's closing may have been long on entertainment but short on evidence and may not have convinced jurors. What did you make of the prosecution's closing arguments? To make your entire presentation sarcasm, I think that's a turnoff to the jurors. I think trayvon martin deserved more. Reporter: Zimmerman has pled not guilty to second-degree murder, saying he shot in self-defense. Later today when jurors get the case, they will have another option in their deliberations. On thursday, judge deborah nelson, allowing a prosecution motion to permit jurors to consider a lesser charge of manslaughter. Now, right here, robin, is the key to it all. 27 pages of the jury instructions, outlining the prerequisites of second-degree murder and manslaughter. Those prerequisites for manslaughter are significantly lower. All the jury has to believe is zimmerman intentionally acted, leading to trayvon martin's death. Thank you. We're going to bring in dan abrams. And the prosecution did exactly what you expected them to do. That's right. Two, key issues. Emotion and inconsistencies. And emotion is really the most important one, which is, they're basically saying, if it weren't for the actions of george zimmerman, trayvon martin will be alive today. That's not a legal reason to convict him. But that's an emotional one. And number two, with the inconsistencies and I think in particular, an inconsistency with regard to how he would have gotten the gun. Prosecutors essentially saying, he's not telling the truth that it's at the last minute he's getten beaten up and he grabs his holster and tries to pull the gun out. The consistencies are very important. As a legal matter, they're important. They're hoping that the jurors will ignore all of the statements made by george zimmerman. And say we don't believe any of them. But remember, matt pointed out the difference between manslaughter and murder there. But for both manslaughter and murder, they have to overcome self-defense. George zimmerman is saying that he feared, reasonably feared, grave bodily injury that he was on the bottom, getting beaten by trayvon martin, for murder or manslaughter. Prosecutors have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that that's not what happened. And that's the challenge that they have. Dramatic yesterday. Going to be dramatic again, this time with the defense. Absolutely. The defense has to respond first, present its case. And then, prepare for a final comment by the prosecution. Do you think the jury will deliberate over the weekend? I absolutely do. It's up to them. They're sequestered. They want to get this done with. No question they'll deliberate over the weekend. Thank you very much.
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