Zimmerman Trial Computer Animation: Will the Jury See It?
On Tuesday evening, outside the presence of the jury,
attorneys for the prosecution and the defense debated about the
admissibility of a computer animation that the defense wants to show in
The animation, which depicts the events that led up to the shooting
of Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012, is based on witness accounts,
coroner reports, police reports, and photographs of the crime scene. It
was created by crime scene animator Daniel Schumaker, who used a
motion-capture system to produce the animation.
State prosecutor Rich Mantei has filed a motion
to keep the video out of evidence. He alleges that the video fails to
“represent a complete or accurate record of the evidence.” He notes that
the lighting of the video is inaccurate, and says the animation
deliberately leaves out the murder weapon. Mantei also claims that the
video relies heavily on Zimmerman’s version of events.
While the defense says the video will help jurors to visualize the
sequence of events that proceeded the shooting, the prosecution says
that the animation will only serve to confuse.
The following is a different animation of the shooting that was
produced in March 2012. It was produced in just a month, but the quality
is surprisingly decent. READ MORE