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Defense rests in George Zimmerman trial

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 16:32 Published in National News

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - Defense attorneys have rested their case in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial after calling 18 witnesses over less than a week.

Prosecutors now plan to call two rebuttal witnesses. Both sides will then work on jury instructions before presenting closing arguments. The case is then sent to jurors.

Zimmerman never testified about the fatal struggle with Trayvon Martin. But jurors saw repeated video recordings of Zimmerman telling his story to investigators. The defense started its case last Friday, and it presented about half the witnesses and took half the time as the prosecution.

In the days before the defense finished Wednesday, they called Zimmerman's friends, mother and uncle to testify that it is Zimmerman screaming for help on a 911 call that captured the fatal fight between Martin and Zimmerman.

Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder. He claims he shot Martin in self-defense.

Boston Marathon bombing suspect pleads not guilty

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 16:07 Published in National News

BOSTON (AP) - In a courtroom packed with survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing, police officers and others, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) has pleaded not guilty to charges of carrying out the bombing.

   In his first court appearance, Tsarnaev appeared with his arm in a cast and his face swollen. He appeared nonchalant and almost bored during the hearing. His two sisters, both in Muslim garb, were in the courtroom.

 

   Tsarnaev leaned over toward a microphone and said, "Not guilty," several times in a Russian accent. He was then led out of the courtroom, making a kissing motion with his lips toward his family as he left.

 

   Tsarnaev faces 30 federal charges in the attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260. The charges include using a weapon of mass destruction to kill. He could get the death penalty if prosecutors choose to pursue it.  Authorities say Tsarnaev orchestrated the attack along with his older brother, Tamerlan, who died following a shootout with police three days after the bombing.

 

NRA asks court to let Illinoisans carry guns now

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 15:45 Published in Local News

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A gun owner whose lawsuit spurred the Illinois concealed carry law that took effect this week is asking a federal court to allow the public possession of firearms immediately.

   Mary Shepard and the National Rifle Association filed a motion for an injunction Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for southern Illinois. Shepard's motion says gun owners should not have to wait to carry because of Illinois lawmakers' "procrastination."

 

   A federal appeals court ruled in December that it's unconstitutional for Illinois to continue prohibiting concealed carry. But lawmakers finally adopted a plan Tuesday - the court's deadline. Now the Illinois State Police have six months to set up a system and three months to approve or deny applications after that.

   The motion notes the ban remains in effect until then.

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