George Zimmerman, who is on trial for murdering unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, briefly laughed today during U.S. Army Capt. Alexis Francisco Carter Jr.'s testimony about using deadly force.
Carter is a judge advocate general officer and former public defender who taught a criminal litigation course, which Zimmerman took at a local college. Carter claimed that Zimmerman was “one of the better students."
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According to RawStory.com, Carter testified that injuries are not required for a self-defense claim, but injuries can support that a person had a "reasonable fear" of harm or death (video below).
“It’s imminent injury,” Carter said. “Or imminent fear. So the fact alone that there isn’t an injury doesn’t necessarily mean that the person did not have a real apprehension of fear. The fact that there were injuries have a tendency to show or support that that person had a reasonable apprehension of fear.”
West then asked Carter: “You don’t have to wait until you’re almost dead until you can defend yourself?”
“No, I would advise you probably don’t do that,” Carter said.
Zimmerman laughed for a few seconds before looking down and putting on a straight face.