SANFORD — When police Sgt. Anthony Raimondo arrived at the scene, Trayvon Martin was facedown in the grass, a bullet in his chest, his hands beneath him.
Prosecutors in the George Zimmerman second-degree-murder trial showed jurors a photo of Trayvon in that position Tuesday. Then they showed several more photos of his body.
In one, a close-up, Trayvon's eyes are open, his face slack.
His father, Tracy Martin, rushed from the courtroom after seeing the first photo. His mother, Sybrina Fulton, stayed put, but she kept her eyes down, then lifted them and looked straight ahead. That was the safe thing to do. The photos were on the wall to the left, projected so they were life-size.
Before the day was through, prosecutors would show a dozen photos of Trayvon's body — one a bare-chested close-up of the bullet hole in his chest. It was small and nearly bloodless except for a thin trail that trickled down his side.
It was the first time the public has gotten a look at Trayvon's body.
For the most part they were clinical crime-scene photos, but they also revealed something of child in Trayvon. Here was a gangly teenage boy with a whisper of a beard beneath his jaw and a frame so long his leg extended beyond the yellow blanket that Raimondo had spread over him, trying to give him some privacy.
The photos was just one of many dramatic moments on Day 12 of Zimmerman's trial.
The Neighborhood Watch volunteer says he killed Trayvon, an unarmed black 17-year old, in self-defense Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford. Prosecutors say Zimmerman profiled the Miami Gardens teenager, followed, confronted and murdered him.
Also Tuesday, prosecutors placed several important items into evidence, including Trayvon's now-near iconic hoodie, the packet of Skittles he had gone to a nearby 7-Eleven to buy and Zimmerman's gun.
The crime-scene technician who gathered evidence from the scene, Diana Smith, pulled the Kel-Tec 9 mm handgun from its evidence box.
"Can you hold it up for the jury, please?" asked Assistant State Attorney John Guy.
Smith did, at arm's length, holding it aloft for about 30 seconds for panel members, who sat 20 feet away.
Prosecutors also called to the witness stand what's likely to be the first of several neighbor witnesses.
Selene Bahadoor testified that the night Zimmerman killed Trayvon, she head running, from left to right, and a voice saying, "No," or, "Uuuuuuuuh," she said.
When she looked out, it was too dark to identify anyone, she said, but she saw figures with their arms "flailing."
She turned away to pull food off the stove, heard a gunshot, and when she looked again, she saw a body in the grass, she testified.
Defense attorney Mark O'Mara challenged her, however, pointing out that she had not come forward and given police a statement for several days.
She also signed an online petition titled: "Prosecute the killer of our son, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin," which was addressed to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Raimondo, the Sanford police sergeant, testified that when he got to he scene just moments after the shooting, he found Trayvon motionless and without a pulse in the grass.
He flipped Trayvon over and began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in an attempt to revive him, he said, but it did no good.
When he arrived, Raimondo said, Trayvon was facedown with his hands beneath him. That's an important point for the state. Zimmerman told police that after the shooting, he climbed on top of the teenager, spread his arms and pinned them to the ground.
5 calls to police
The court session Tuesday started with a fight, still unresolved, about whether jurors should listen to five phone calls Zimmerman made to police in the seven months leading up to the shooting.
In four, he wanted police to respond because he had spotted suspicious people. In each of those, the suspect was black.
Assistant State Attorney Richard Mantei argued that it's relevant information for jurors because it shows Zimmerman's state of mind. The defendant had called police several times but had to stand by as several got away, Mantei said. So when he spotted Trayvon, the South Florida teenager was "the straw that broke the camel's back."
O'Mara argued that it was not relevant, that those calls had no connection to the shooting.
The Sanford Police Department employee who helped Zimmerman's homeowners association set up a Neighborhood Watch program testified that she had made an independent check and discovered that there had been a series of burglaries in the neighborhood and that residents at a September 2011 organizing meeting were concerned.
Wendy Dorival, the coordinator, said one single mother in the Retreat at Twin Lakes townhomes had been victimized.
"She had a baby and was alone. It was very terrifying to her," Dorival said.
She also said Zimmerman was instructed — as are all Neighborhood Watch coordinators in Sanford — to call police if they see something suspicious and not to "engage" a suspect.
Testimony in the state's case resumes Wednesday at 9 a.m.
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