Nightly News | July 10, 2013
>>> the defense has arrested in the high-profile, highly-charged trial of george zimmerman , charged with second degree murder in the killing of trayvon martin. he does not wish to testify on his own behalf. ron mott covering in sanford, florida. good evening.
>> reporter: good evening to you. the defense arrested after another extraordinary day at the courthouse, including a tense exchange about whether or not george zimmerman would take the stand. today, george zimmerman made up his mind.
>> what is your decision, sir?
>> after consulting with counsel, not to testify, your honor.
>> reporter: earlier, as the defense wound up its case with witnesses yet to call, things got testy.
>> i am asking your client questions. please, mr. west.
>> i object to the court inquiring of mr. zimmerman as to his decision whether or not to testify.
>> your objection is overruled. mr. zimmerman , i will give you more time, sir to discuss this with your attorneys. thank you very much.
>> reporter: the tension between mr. west and judge nelson seems left over from last night.
>> it's 10:00 at night, we've had full days every day. weekends, depositions at night.
>> reporter: most of the final day in the defense case focused on the testimony on an expert in the use of force .
>> you you haven't successfully won the event in the first 30 seconds, you need to change tactics.
>> reporter: he says that zimmerman had no other option but to shoot. zimmerman plead guilty y -- not guilty to second degree murder.
>> reporter: john guy used a foam dummy to determine where the gun was located.
>> if this mannequin were carrying a firearm on their waist, where would the gun be right now in relation to me?
>> at your left inner thigh.
>> reporter: later, defense attorney mark o'mara also got physical.
>> george zimmerman , trayvon martin.
>> reporter: focusing on zimmerman 's face and head injuries , are they consistent with the attack.
>> what about those lacerations, if someone was resisting me, pushing down like this, could those injuries come from that?
>> i believe so.