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Forensic pathologist testifies in Zimmerman trial during marathon day

10:22 PM, Jul 9, 2013   |    comments
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SANFORD, Fla. -- Attorneys for George Zimmerman called Dr. Vincent DiMaio to the stand on Tuesday.

DiMaio is a forensic pathologist and a nationally known expert on gunshot wounds.

As a defense expert witness, DiMaio had previously reviewed the photos from Trayvon Martin's autopsy.

DiMaio said the evidence shows the muzzle of the gun, when fired, was against the clothing and 2-4 inches from Martin's skin.

He also acknowledged that the unopened canned beverage in Martin's front hoodie pocket may have explain why the clothing wasn't against his skin.

"If you have something in front pulling the shirt down as you lean down, it tends to pull away from the body," DiMaio said. 

He added that the idea and evidence is consistent with Zimmerman's account.

"That was that Mr. Martin was over him, leaning forward at the time he was shot," DiMaio noted.

Then, photo after photo of George Zimmerman's injuries were presented in court. 

"You can see swelling here and a little valley here," DiMaio noted as he pointed to a photo of Zimmerman's head.

DiMaio counted 6 injuries on Zimmerman's body, including cuts and bruises and a sign of being punched in the nose.

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