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5:09 PM, Jul 3, 2013   |    comments
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SANFORD, Fla. -- A Skype testimony from one of George Zimmerman's former college professors was interrupted with a flood of video-chatting pranksters dialing into the conversation.

After prosecutor Rich Mantei's Skype username showed up on the screen in the courtroom -- and on televisions across the nation -- other users of the video chat program started to call in, disrupting the courtroom.

Scott Pleasants, a Seminole State College professor who taught a criminal justice course Zimmerman took, was testifying remotely from Colorado before he was silenced by the beeps and blips of incoming Skype calls.

"There is now a really good chance that we are being toyed with -- just so you know," Zimmerman's lawyer Mark O'Mara said.
Pleasants used his cell phone to finish the testimony.

Natalie DiBlasio, USA TODAY

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