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July 11th, 2013
06:21 AM ET

Defense rests, prosecution set to offer closing arguments – George Howell reports

Today may mark the final chapter in one of the most watched cases in years.

Prosecutors in the George Zimmerman trial will make their final arguments to the jury why he should be found guilty of murder for killing unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

Meanwhile, the defense rested its case yesterday, without the jury hearing from the defendant. CNN’s George Howell has that report.

After a tense exchange between Judge Deborah Nelson and Zimmerman's Lawyers he had decided not to testify.

The drama of the trial then focused on a dummy.

“During one of the most surreal moments in court, both sides straddled a foam dummy, in attempts to illustrate the conflicting arguments as to what happened the night Trayvon Martin was killed,” Howell reports.

“Persecuting Attorney John Guy argued that it would have been difficult for Zimmerman to shoot at a 90 degree angle had Trayvon Martin been on top as presented by the defense…”Then Defense Attorney Mark O'Mara grabbed the dummy to support his argument.”

Now, the trial moves on to its final stages as Judge Nelson makes another important ruling today. She will decide whether or not to grant the prosecution's request to apply lesser charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault.

The jury will begin deliberations Friday afternoon.

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