Reporter's Notebook: At the Zimmerman trial

Among those testifying Tuesday was Mark Osterman, George Zimmerman's best friend and the co-author of a 2012 book defending him.

That book, “Defending Our Friend: the Most Hated Man in America” by Mark and Sondra Osterman is for sale on Amazon for $11.49. The book description says Zimmerman “was someone Mark and Sondra Osterman spoke with daily. He played Santa for their daughter, treated his wife with preciousness, often ate at their table and shared their joys and sorrows.”

Reviews range from “well written account” to “not worth buying” (by someone who admitted not reading it).


One of the more popular guessing games among trial observers is: Who Will Be Called Next?

The simple answer is it’s hard to know – but among those on the prosecution’s potential witness list:

Shellie Zimmerman, George Zimmerman's wife; Gladys Zimmerman, his mother; Robert Zimmerman, Jr, his brother

It's not clear what testimony they might offer that would help the prosecution.

Other possibilities include Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother, and Tracy Martin, his father.


At one point during a break, as people were leaving the courtroom, Martin's mother walked over to Assistant State Attorney Bernie De La Rionda and placed her hand on his arm and smiled. He smiled back as they spoke privately.


Some court spectators chose to use Tuesday’s proceedings as a chance to get in some light reading. One woman in the public gallery dove into “The Rescue” by Nicholas Sparks during lulls in the testimony. Near her, a middle-aged man in a business suit also picked up a book but its cover was hidden from view.