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Attorney John Phillips: George Zimmerman jury had 'emotional day' on Friday

8:37 PM, Jul 12, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The jury in the George Zimmerman trial deliberated for three-and-a-half hours before breaking for the night.

Zimmerman is facing a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Personal Injury Attorney John Phillips, who has been analyzing the Zimmerman trial as part of the First Coast News legal panel, said the jurors were faced with a lot on Friday.

"They've had a long emotional day," he said. "They've gone through both sides of closing arguments, the rebuttal argument from the state and before that the defense argument."

Phillips said the six-woman jury's one question, to ask for an evidence inventory, and breaking early in the night, shows that cooler heads are prevailing.

"They've definitely had a reasonable head about them with asking for an index of all the discovery, all the evidence so far, and then taking a break reasonably, not trying to push it until 2 a.m. like a bunch of guys might."

Phillips is also the attorney for the family of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was fatally shot in November in a dispute over loud music. Michael Dunn is facing a first-degree murder charge in Davis' death.

Even though there are similarities between the Martin and Davis cases, "the justice process is different for both. You gotta keep them separate."

Still, Davis' parents, Ron Davis and Lucia McBath, and Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, have been leaning on each other.

"We're supporting them and they're supporting us," Phillips said. "Justice is spelled one way but defined a million different ways. This is one step in the marathon towards justice towards both cases."

First Coast News

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