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TODAY   |  June 26, 2013

Prosecutors lay out case against George Zimmerman

The state is calling more witnesses in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman today, having already called to the stand one of the police officers on the scene and the president of the homeowners association in the neighborhood where Trayvon Martin was killed. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports.

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>>> it's day three of testimony of the george zimmerman murder trial. prosecutors are laying out their case against him using graphic evidence from the night of trayvon martin 's death. kerry sanders is covering the trial for us from sanford, florida. good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, savannah. the state is now calling the first witnesses that were at the shooting scene in their efforts to prove that george zimmerman is guilty of the second degree murder of 17-year-old trayvon martin . the defense will have it's chance later in the trial to call their own witnesses. meantime, i must warn you the photos in this story are graphic. for the first time the jury sees evidence gather erd the night of the shooting. the skittles, the soft drink, the hoodie. photos of trayvon martin 's body, pictures of zimmerman 's head and the pistol. zimmerman 's lawyer said he carried that handgun for protection telling police when he reenacted the shooting the gun was tucked into his waste.

>> i felt his arm going down to my side and i grabbed it and grabbed my firearm and shot him one time.

>> reporter: prosecutors say 17-year-old trayvon martin was returning from a 7-11 last year. the jury saw what he purchased there. skittles and a can of arizona fruit juice. and the jury was shown several graphic crime scene photos of trayvon martin 's body. for his father in the courtroom it was too much. the last time he saw the photos, they were used to identify his son. also tuesday, trayvon martin 's family saw and heard for the first time from the police officer who desperately tried cpr to save their son's life.

>> did you again try to get a pulse.

>> yes, sir i did.

>> how did you do that.

>> same area, sir.

>> were you able to get a pulse.

>> no, sir i was not.

>> what did you do next.

>> i breathed for mr. martin or tried to, sir.

>> prosecutors called to the stand the president of the homers association where trayvon martin was killed. the same neighborhood where zimmerman lived and organized the neighborhood watch . he shared his doubts about the program.

>> neighborhood watch .

>> neighborhood watch ? what do i think of it.

>> yes.

>> i don't think we needed it.

>> she testified she looked out the back of her apartment that night and saw figures.

>> it was more like this.

>> okay.

>> reporter: but her on apologetic activi -- objectivity was questioned when shown her facebook page.

>> read that.

>> prosecute the killer of our son, 17-year-old trayvon martin . sign the petition.

>> reporter: george zimmerman has pled not guilty. he says he was acting in self-defense. now based on the evidence filed with the court, there is only one living eyewitness to what happened that night. that is george zimmerman himself. no word yet on whether he will testify, matt.

>>> i'll take it kerry. thank you very much.