State’s witness #7, Sargent Tony Raimondo, a 17-year-veteran of the Sanford Police Department testified Tuesday the he heard the suspicious person call and then disturbance call on February 26, 2012 while on patrol in the Sanford area. He also revealed that he tried to seal a bullet wound in Trayvon Martin's chest with a plastic bag and attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. But the teen was pronounced
Some of the key points from Sgt. Tony Raimondo’s testimony:
-He got to the scene of the shooting in about 5 minutes after receiving the initial calls and was the next officer to arrive after officers Ricardo Ayala and Officer Tim Smith of the Sanford Police.
-He stated that it was Officer Ricardo Ayala who was standing over the body of Martin, who was lying in the grass—lifeless, face down and hands underneath his body.
-Martin had no pulse when Sgt. Raimondo checked and he tried to revive him by direct mouth-to-mouth attempts at resuscitation and did not use a “mask” to do CPR. “It was an extraordinary circumstance,” he stated.” He stated that Officer Ayala helped by providing chess compressions.
-Raimondo stated that he asked onlookers for plastic wrap and Vaseline to try to seal the wound, and “a civilian obliged. He was an Asian male. He gave me a plastic grocery bag. I then tried to seal exit wound with the bag.”
Sources in the courtroom state that Tracy Martin left the courtroom after seeing a close up shot of his deceased son during the presentation of the State’s evidence today and while Sgt. Raimondo testified.
Tuesday’s other witnesses included Wendy Dorivel, State’s witness #5 from Sanford Police Department. She testified that she coordinated neighborhood watch programs for communities in her capacity with the Sanford Police department and that it was not the job of participants to follow a “suspicious” person or confront the person. Dorivel stated that Zimmerman contacted her for creation of the watch program and that he had been involved with it. She also testified that the Sanford Police Department materials specifically say that neighborhood watch is not a vigilante police group.
When cross-examined by the defense, Dorivel testified that Zimmerman was always polite and courteous, most residents were concerned about the burglaries in the area and that residents were worried about an unsecured access there where people could sneak in.
Yesterday also brought testimony from State’s witness #6, Homeowners’ Association president Donald O'Brien. He testified that Zimmerman was only to send out an email in the instance in which something suspicious happened, that Zimmerman started the neighborhood watch and “the HOA had nothing to do with it.”
He also testified that his understanding of “neighborhood watch” was to “report suspicious things and then stay away” and that he didn’t think the group “was necessary.”
“Call 911 and let the police handle it,” he stated when questioned by the defense.
State’s witness #8 was Diana Smith, a Sanford Police Department CSI Tech. A six-year veteran of the force, she testified about the condition of the scene upon her arrival to document and preserve evidence. She was followed by State’s witness #9 Selene Bahadoor, who lived at in the condo complex and was called to court to explain that she might've seen Zimmerman chase Martin the night he was shot.
An IT analyst, she was at home with her sister, niece and her niece’s friend the night of the fatal shooting. She was in her kitchen when she heard noise outdoors. She testified that the noise sounded like a loud “’No’ or ‘ooh,’” but was not distinguishable.
Bahadoor said she heard what “sounded like running” and saw arms flailing and moving.
“It sounded like running from left to right on the -- in the rear pathway."
Defense attorney Mark O'Mara questioned why the tidbit of "running from left to right" came to light for the first time in court.
"In that statement, did you tell Sanford PD you heard noise running from left to right?" O'Mara asked.
"I don't know. I don't remember," Bahadoor said.
Tuesday was also the day that the pictures of the deceased Martin were shown to the jury. One juror was observed taking extensive notes during the introduction of the testimony evidence of the witnesses and the introduction of the documentary evidence (of the pictures of the crime scene, etc.)
A licensed attorney in Orlando, Florida, Joseph Haynes Davis is also a broadcaster with over 30 years of broadcast media experience. He is also the legal analyst for the State of Florida v. Zimmerman trial for the “Doug Banks Show,” the Andre Michael Eggelletion Show and several other national radio programs. Follow him on Twitter: @sivadmedia and @con_speaking and check out his website and political blog.