Professor says George Zimmerman 'one of best in class' where stand your ground law was taught

Zimmerman previously denied knowledge of law

SANFORD, Fla. - BREAKING UPDATE: The State has told Judge Nelson, it expects to rest their case Friday.

Prosecutors continue to dig up and showcase inconsistencies in George Zimmerman's story about the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin.

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The neighborhood watch volunteer's school records were under the microscope today, specifically his knowledge and understanding of Florida's self defense and stand your ground law.

"He was probably one of the better students in class," said Capt. Alexis Carter, Zimmerman's former professor who taught a criminal litigation course at Seminole State College.

"Did you discuss specifically self defense and the stand your ground law in connection with violent crime or murder?" Assistant State Prosecutor Richard Mantei asked Carter.

"Yes," he said. "I remember talking about it quite a few times, not just on one particular occasion."

 Assuming Zimmerman, one of his better students in class, paid attention to that lesson, the state argues he should know all about it.

But that's not what the jury hears Tuesday in the one interview he gave to Sean Hannity almost a year ago.

Hannity: "I'm just curious, prior to this incident, had you ever heard of stand your ground?"

Zimmerman: "No sir."

Hannity: "You have never heard about it before?"

Zimmerman: "No."

While the state continues to point out inconsistencies, it's up to the jury to decide if they're important.

Most of Zimmerman's story has stayed the same.

But once again, the defense found a way to use a state witness to their favor, in a moment that cracked up even the stone-faced Zimmerman.

"You don't have to wait until you're almost dead before you can defend yourself?" Defense Attorney Don West asked Carter.

"No. I would advise you probably don't do that," he said.

The courtroom erupted with laughter.

The state also called up an officer at a Virginia Police Department who testified that Zimmerman applied to be an officer.

They rejected him because he had bad credit.

Prosecutors are trying to show he wanted to be a cop.
 

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