George Zimmerman Trial: Gunshot Wound Expert Laughs On The Stand

Tue, July 9, 2013 6:23pm EST by 7 Comments
Trayvon Martin Gunshot Wound Expert
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Actress Eliza Dushku and others took to Twitter to speak out against gunshot wound expert Dr. Vincent Di Maio, who laughed and smiled during his testimony for the defense. Was his behavior inappropriate?

Forensic pathologist and gunshot wound expert Dr. Vincent Di Maio sparked an outrage on Twitter by laughing during his testimony for accused murderer George Zimmerman‘s defense. The gunshot wound expert chuckled and smiled as he spoke about Trayvon Martin‘s gunshot wound, testifying that the wound was consistant with George’s claim that the teen was on top of him when he was shot.

Trayvon Martin Gunshot Wound Expert Laughing During Trial Sparks Outrage

Actress Eliza Dushku tweeted about Dr. Di Maio’s inappropriate laughter, saying, “This #pathologist needs to stop laughing & cracking jokes, man.”

Eliza was not alone in her complaints, as many others tweeted their shock at Dr. Di Maio’s lack of sensitivity.

@Laurdonhope5h tweeted, “Why is Dr. DiMaio laughing as he testifies? This is not funny!”

“Lawyers and witnesses are laughing way too much in the zimmerman case smh,” @saucytrishhh3h said.

‏@SoxOnTheBrain7h tweeted, “The renowned Dr. Vincent Di Maio, smiling broadly while testifying to the extent of Trayvon’s injuries. WTF?!”

George Zimmerman’s Lawyer Makes Knock-Knock Joke During Trial

Twitter users also called out George’s attorney Don West for telling a knock-knock joke at the beginning of the trial.

“Knock, knock,” he said. “‘Who’s there?’ ‘George Zimmerman.’ ‘George Zimmerman, who?’ ‘All right, good, you are on the jury.'”

No one in the courtroom laughed, according to, and Don later apologized, saying, “No more bad jokes, I promise that. I was convinced it was the delivery.”

However, Don was at it again during Dr. Di Maio’s testimony, cracking a joke about how they’re both bald.

@EmmarieT tweeted that the knock-knock joke was “absolutely disgusting,” while @riekx2 said, “Zimmerman’s lawyer looked stupid using that knock knock joke.”

HollywoodLifers, do YOU think the laughter and jokes during the trial were in poor taste? Let us know!

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Posted at 10:40 PM on July 10, 2013  

It’s obvious everyone taking up for this a**hole is RACIST only justice is for this bastard is to hunt him down, shoot him in the chest and let him bleed out slow point blank! Justice for Trayvon!!

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Posted at 10:38 AM on July 11, 2013  

Hey Alleycat you just threaten a man on the internet for all the world to see You better hope for your sake nothing happens to him because the Police will come looking for you and everything is traceable on the internet. Please explain to me Editors why people are allowed to threatn others on the internet ????

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Posted at 11:12 PM on July 9, 2013  

Completely nonsense. The Dr. was serious throughout, he made one comment asking the defense lawyer to speak up because he was growing hard of hearing. He said that with a smile, which is what most polite people would do when they are asking something from someone else.
He at no time was laughing at the victim, or the trial or anything else.

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Posted at 9:14 PM on July 9, 2013  

This kind of idiotic focus on irrelevant trivia is irresponsible. It leads many not to see that what these witnesses have to say is far more important than how they say it. This witness completely blew the prosecution’s case out of the water, leaving the prosecutor desperately hoping for reasonable doubt, rather than having any hope of overcoming it. And the jury was hanging on every word he said, even if those who have a prejudice about how the verdict should come down disapproved of his tone. And all those disaffected people are so ill informed by “media” like you may take out their surprise when the jury doesn’t take such idiotically irrelevant BS into account, that they may turn to violence to vent their disbelief. And if they do, it will be your fault.

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Posted at 7:33 PM on July 9, 2013  

I live in the area and this trial should have never taken place but because of rev al and other Hollywood types think they know what should be and not..maybe they should stick to Hollywood and the real facts and not the liberal media

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Posted at 7:17 PM on July 9, 2013  

His laughing was stupid but it’s not relevent to the fact that the case for the prosecution is extremely weak according to experts like Allen Dershowitz and others. They have to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt-that has not happened.

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K. Stevenson

Posted at 6:38 PM on July 9, 2013  

This should NOT be about black vs white! This should be about whether Zimmerman feared for his life. I also find it unbelievable that they have not hired an expert witness to technologically determine whose voice was on the recording. I hope that Zimmerman gets a fair trial. His attorney and expert witnesses seem to have behaved very inappropriately and that can’t be good.

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