Reporter's Notebook: At the Zimmerman trial

Looking at the Pictures

When the prosecution showed the jury in the George Zimmerman trial the photos of the body of 17-year-old  Trayvon Martin, there were no gasps or apparent signs of emotion from the six-woman jury, which includes five mothers. But all watched intently, and somberly, as the crime scene photos of Martin's body, a closeup of his face, and then the bullet wound were displayed on a large screen.

One woman, B-29, a mother of eight, had her hand raised to her mouth. Another, E-6, a mother of two, scribbled notes in her notebook, as she has done for almost every witness.

Juror B-40, mother of a 28-year-old, stared straight ahead while the alternate jurors sitting next to her took notes.

Trayvon Martin's father, Tracy, then stood abruptly and walked out of the courtroom.

Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon's mother, stayed in the courtroom, looked ahead, and then away from the images . Ten minutes later, she also walked out of the room.


Staying Refreshed in the Courtroom

Several jurors brought water bottles to court with them Tuesday and took sips during proceedings. But as the clock approached 5p.m., fatigue had set in: when Judge Debra Nelson called Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s lead attorney, to the bench, one juror cradled her head in her arm.  Another leaned back in her chair and winced – then took another drink of water – while a third rocked her head back and forth and another yawned.


A Tweet from Trayvon’s Mother

As the trial moved into its twelfth day Tuesday, Fulton, tweeted:

“Day 12 – When Christ is the center of your focus, all else will come into proper perspective.”