Jurors in the George Zimmerman trial got to hear his story again Tuesday, this time from Chris Serino, the lead Sanford police investigator in the case, and Zimmerman's best friend, Mark Osterman.
On the trial's seventh day in a Florida courtroom, both of them recounted the story Zimmerman told them about the confrontation with Trayvon Martin with minor variations.
Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch captain, is charged with second-degree murder for killing 17-year-old Martin in Sanford, Florida, on February 26, 2012. Zimmerman told police he was pursuing the teenager throughout the neighborhood because there had been a series of break-ins in the area. The two fought, and Zimmerman said he was forced to draw his gun and kill Martin in self-defense.
Serino said he felt Zimmerman exaggerated the number of times he was hit that night but said he didn't feel any "active deception" on Zimmerman's part when he said he got out of his vehicle while pursuing Martin to see what street he was on.
Osterman, who wrote a book about the case, said that when he took Zimmerman home from the police station after the shooting, Zimmerman wasn't acting like himself. "He had a stunned look on his face. Wide-eyed, just kind of a little bit detached," Osterman said on the stand Tuesday.
Judge Debra Nelson started the day by asking jurors to dismiss Serino's earlier testimony in which he said he believed Zimmerman was being truthful about what happened the night he shot Martin.
The court reporter read the exchange between defense attorney Mark O'Mara and Serino, a detective with the Sanford Police Department.
"So if we were to take pathological liar off the table as a possibility, you think (Zimmerman) was telling the truth?" asked O'Mara.
"Yes," said Serino.
The judge told jurors to dismiss the question and the answer, telling them it was an improper statement made by the witness about Zimmerman's credibility.
On his second day on the stand, Serino was asked by prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda if he thought Zimmerman was profiling Martin.
"If I were to believe that somebody was committing a crime, could that not be profiling that person?" asked de la Rionda.
"It could be construed as such, yes," said Serino.
"Was there any evidence that Trayvon Martin was committing a crime that evening, sir?" asked de la Rionda.
"No, sir," said Serino.
"Was there any evidence that that young man was armed?" asked de la Rionda.
"No, sir," said Serino.
The prosecutor also wanted to know Serino's thoughts on the language Zimmerman used in his non-emergency call to police when he said, "these (expletive) punks always get away."
"Is that something you would use in reference to somebody that you're going to invite over to dinner?" asked de la Rionda.
"No, sir, I would not," said Serino.
"Does that seem like a friendly comment about somebody else?" asked de la Rionda.
"No, sir, it does not," said Serino.
Serino also agreed that calling someone "(expletive) punks" is ill will and spite. To prove second-degree murder, prosecutors have to show Zimmerman acted with a "depraved mind" without regard for human life.
The prosecutor then started to dig into some of the details of Zimmerman's statement on the shooting to police, asking Serino about inconsistencies.
Serino said there was evidence to suggest that Zimmerman was still following Martin after the non-emergency operator told him not to. And Serino said red flags were raised for him when Zimmerman didn't know the names of the streets in his neighborhood, because there are only three.