A paramedic testified that 45 percent of Zimmerman’s face and head were covered in blood that night, and his nose definitely looked deformed and broken.
To underscore the difference in the severity of injuries, the prosecutor asked him what the other person’s wounds were. Trayvon, the paramedic said, died of a gunshot.
De la Rionda urged the judge not to be distracted by elements of the crime that will be disputed later in court, and to focus instead on the deception that took place at Zimmerman’s initial bond hearing on April 20. Prosecutors presented evidence that suggested Zimmerman was in a frantic quest to get all the money out of his name prior to that hearing.
“An egregious set of facts makes this a more disturbing incident — or crime,” de la Rionda said.
De la Rionda handily discredited the testimony of a forensic accountant the defense hired to show that all the funds raised were transferred back and forth between Zimmerman, his wife and sister — and much of it liquidated to cash — and that all of it is accounted for.
De la Rionda got the accountant to admit that he did not track the PayPal funds once they reached Zimmerman’s sister and he did not know that some cash was stashed in safety deposit boxes. And the accountant, Adam Magill, readily admitted that if someone refers to $9,000 as $9, they are probably speaking in code.
Jail calls between Zimmerman and his wife, released to the public in the past couple of weeks, show that Zimmerman spoke that way when he talked to his wife on the phone.
Zimmerman’s wife was charged with perjury for lying at the April bond hearing, and she faces a potential prison term of her own. Because of her pending charge, she did not take the stand Friday, O’Mara said.
Magill also acknowledged that the reason someone would transfer so much money out of their bank would be so they could appear penniless.
“I wouldn’t say it was to mislead,” Magill said. “I would say it was to look like he didn’t have the money.”
He said Zimmerman paid off $11,000 in debt, spent “just shy” of $13,000, and another $13,000 remains in cash. Magill said that although most of the transfers were under $10,000, that was to comply with PayPal rules, not to get around banking standards that require banks to inform the federal government of cash deposits $10,000 or larger.
O’Mara seemed determined to stress that none of the money was lost, while the prosecutor was equally eager to emphasize that all of the money was transferred out of Zimmerman’s name.
O’Mara repeatedly noted that Zimmerman turned all the money over to his attorney just four days after the first bond hearing. He admitted to reporters that Zimmerman was trying to hide the money “from everybody.”
Zimmerman, O’Mara said, was scared because he had cooperated fully by offering 11 statements to police, taking two lie-detector tests, a voice stress test and a voice comparison — only to find himself arrested on a charge that carries a possible life sentence.
“You should be more concerned if we had found out two months later when he’s driving around in a new Corvette,” he told the judge. “It’s not a great conspiracy… It just wasn’t. He made amends four days later.”