TODAY   |  July 13, 2013

Expert: Zimmerman jury may examine case ‘piece by piece’

The six women of the Zimmerman jury will reconvene over the weekend to determine if George Zimmerman acted in self defense or if he committed a crime when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, who has pled not guilty, said he shot Martin in self-defense. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports with an interview with TODAY’s legal analyst Lisa Bloom.

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>> we want to begin in florida. second day of deliberations for the george zimmerman jury. kerry sanders is in florida this morning.

>> the jury deliberates at the courthouse. six women, five of them who are mothers with a big responsibility determining whether george zimmerman acted in self- defense or committed a crime when he shot and killed 17-year-old trayvon martin . george zimmerman 's defense lawyers closing argument was in sharp contrast to the prosecutor.

>> he's got a gun. he's got an equalizer.

>> reporter: mark o'mara used silence, saying nothing for four minutes to demonstrate how long 17-year-old trayvon martin had to confront george zimmerman .

>> he did something that led to his confronting george zimmerman .

>> reporter: the defense team played an animation demonstrating what they said happened the february night they met. prosecutors called the video a cartoon and said it was only two minutes, not four that martin had to decide how to handle the situation.

>> we know with the opportunity to go home that he did not.

>> reporter: the night he died, trayvon martin was returning from a local 7-eleven. the neighborhood watch volunteer said the teenager repeatedly slammed his head into the sidewalk.

>> that's cement. that is sidewalk. that is not an unarmed teenager with nothing but skittles.

>> reporter: prosecutors got the last word.

>> it's heavy. it's hard. if his head was slammed into something like this, slammed, bashed over and over , he wouldn't look like he did in the photographs.

>> reporter: calling trayvon martin a child, they asked the jury to consider the evidence.

>> it's not a complicated case. it's a common sense case. it's not a case about self- defense . it's a case about self-denial. george zimmerman .

>> reporter: george zimmerman has pled not guilty. he said he acted in self- defense . the jury here as no time limit on reaching a verdict. their options are guilty or second degree murder, guilty of manslaughter or not guilty. lester?

>> thanks. lisa bloom is "today's" analyst. you get two kind of jurors, let's vote now or review the evidence. this jury said give us a list of evidence. they are going to be there for awhile.

>> they are going to go through it piece by piece . they wanted that index and they got it.

>> when you look at the closing arguments, the defense is very dramatic. that four minutes or silence and talking about the concrete slab and the fact that it could have been a weapon, if you look at it that way for trayvon martin . how effective?

>> a lot of visual aid. a hunk of concrete they brought in. i thought it was a good closing argument . the defense 's strongest argument. a lot of people were saying he was arrogant. i can't see that. i watched it a third time or the fourth time. i started to see that a little bit. he was asking for a quick verdict. he seemed to be saying he wanted them to right innocent at the bottom of the jury form. they didn't come back yesterday so he didn't get a quick verdict. we'll see if he gets an acquittal.

>> an issue is who was on top. it seems the prosecution seemed okay, trayvon martin might have been on top but they went back to the question of could george zimmerman have reached for his gun. who came out ahead on that issue?

>> the prosecution misstepped going with the defense throughout the case and conceding that was what was going on top, george was on the bottom, trayvon martin on top. the jury believes that's the final scenario, they are going to think it's reasonable. there were witnesses that said george zimmerman was on top. neighbors looked out and saw something. it was hazy. there was testimony about two men running, being in an upright position. the prosecution didn't have a coherent theory of the case in closing arguments. the defense did. we'll see if it helps them.

>> the prosecution didn't have a coherent theory. does that mean they didn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt ?

>> when you hear could have, would have, should have, maybe, it's possible, those are words you usually hear from defense . the prosecution says it is a certainty, it is definitive, this is what happened. look at this witness testimony. we didn't hear that in the prosecution closing arguments.