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July 8th, 2013
06:15 PM ET

O.J. prosecutor says jury at this point would likely acquit Zimmerman

Monday was a success for the defense team in the George Zimmerman murder trial, said Christopher Darden, former prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

"If I'm a juror sitting here, watching this, just about everything the prosecution has asserted in this case has been addressed by the defense and refuted," Darden said in an interview CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

Looking at Monday's testimony, Darden said jurors will likely vote to acquit Zimmerman.

"Certainly the prosecution will have an opportunity to try to tie some of these loose ends up in summation, but summation is not evidence," said Darden.

"There are just huge, huge holes in the prosecution's case," said Darden.

Monday was the defense's first full day of calling witnesses. A parade of Zimmerman's friends took the stand, one after another, all saying Zimmerman was the one screaming for help on a 911 tape played in court. Last week, witnesses for the prosecution testified it was 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, whom Zimmerman killed that night, screaming for help.

One witness Monday – friend John Donnelly, who said he is a Vietnam War veteran – gave one of the most emotional testimonies of the trial yet.

"There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that is George Zimmerman. And I wish to God I did not have that ability to understand that," said Donnelly.

The jury repeatedly turned down breaks Monday, a sign to some that they want to wrap this trial up.

"I've never seen that kind of rushing by a jury," said Diana Tennis, a criminal defense attorney. "I bet their minds are getting more and more set."

"You don't get convicted typically on evidence that is not better than this. So I think it's going to be a 'not guilty' verdict likely, unless they feel pressured to split the baby, maybe come back manslaughter," said Tennis.

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