The George Zimmerman trial has had its fair share of both awkward and extremely tense moments, but Wednesday's testimony may have taken the cake.
Assistant state prosecuting attorney Richard Mantei, called the trial's 33rd witness, Scott Pleasants, to join via Skype. Pleasants, a former criminal justice professor who taught Zimmerman in 2011, was testifying for the prosecution from Colorado, an occurrence that shocked many viewers.
— Omar Ranginwala (@OmarRang) July 3, 2013
This Skype testimony in the George Zimmerman trial has Daily Show/Saturday Night Live material written all over it...
— David de Sola (@daviddesola) July 3, 2013
But things got even worse once Mantei's Skype username was publicly broadcast, provoking dozens of pranksters to call the lawyer right in the middle of testimony.
OMG: In Zimmerman court prosecutor trying to Skype in witness & look what happened! pic.twitter.com/2H3Gd6qxch
— Kim Segal CNN Miami (@CNNkimsegal) July 3, 2013
Somebody else calling via Skype while the witness is testifying. Can see call popping up on screen. ("Marcus calling") #Zimmermantrial
— TJ Holmes (@tjholmes) July 3, 2013
Judge Debra Nelson was not too happy about the prank, which has reportedly been attributed to 4chan, and she asked that counsel find some other way to continue Pleasants' testimony.
Pleasants ultimately was cross-examined by Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, via speakerphone, making for what may have been the most entertaining portion of the trial so far.
Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer, was charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting Martin, and could face life in prison if convicted. Martin, 17, was headed back to the home of his father's fiancée shortly after 6 p.m. on Feb. 26 returning from a trip to the convenience store. After an apparent confrontation between the teen and watchman, Martin lay dead from a gunshot to the chest. Zimmerman admitted to police that he shot Martin, but claimed he acted in self-defense.
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07/13/2013 11:22 PM EDT
Family Attorney Presser Finished
The family attorneys have finished speaking.
07/13/2013 11:19 PM EDT
'Please Respect Their Privacy'
"Please respect their privacy," Crump said of the Martin family.
07/13/2013 11:18 PM EDT
"Jurors were given packets of letters from the media containing interview requests. They expressed no interest at this time," Kennedy said.
07/13/2013 11:17 PM EDT
'Anonymity Order Is Still In Effect'
"Anonymity order is still in effect... Any attempt to identify jurors is a violation of the current order," said Michelle Kennedy, Public Information Officer for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit.
07/13/2013 11:16 PM EDT
'We Must All Be Peaceful'
"For Trayvon to rest in peace we must all be peaceful," Benjamin Crump said.
07/13/2013 11:13 PM EDT
Martin Family Attorney's Speaking
"We are very, very saddened," Darryl Parks said.
07/13/2013 11:09 PM EDT
'Jury Has No Desire To Speak'
"Jury has no desire to speak to media," said Michelle Kennedy, Public Information Officer for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit.
07/13/2013 11:08 PM EDT
Defense Presser Finished
The defense has finished talking.
07/13/2013 11:05 PM EDT
Zimmerman Will Get Back His Gun
Under Florida law, Zimmerman will get back this gun which he used to kill Trayvon Martin pic.twitter.com/gAk3uZ7ZuO— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) July 14, 2013
07/13/2013 11:02 PM EDT
'Nothing Can Bring Back Trayvon Martin'
"[Martin's family] suffered a tragedy ... Nothing can bring back Trayvon Martin ... But I'm not going to shy away from the fact that the evidence showed George Zimmerman did nothing wrong," O'Mara said.