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July 12th, 2013
06:49 PM ET

Zimmerman analysis: Key moments from the trial

(CNN) – As the case goes to the jury in the George Zimmerman murder trial, the Lead’s legal panel breaks down the key moments in the trial.

CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffery Toobin said is was Lead Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda dramatic closing speech on Thursday that goes to the core of “why this became a national story in the first place.”

“Can a 17 year-old African American boy go to the store, do a perfectly innocent act like buying a can of soda and then walk home without getting killed?” Toobin said to CNN’s Jake Tapper appearing on “The Lead” on Friday.

“I think putting the question in front of the jury in that way, in a stark way and I think a very favorable way for the prosecution.”

Criminal Defense Attorney Linda Kenney Baden said key moments were when both of the mothers testified because “the dueling mothers brought the emotion back to the jury and that's about what this case was about – the human condition.”

“The jury has to deal with loses on both sides no matter what the outcome.”

Jelani Cobb, contributing writer for the NewYorker.com, said it was Sabrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, whose testimony will stand out in the audiences' mind.

“I think if there’s nothing else people will remember her saying my son is Trayvon Benjamin Martin and he’s in heaven. That gets to the core,’ he said.

“This is a grieving mother. Regardless of whatever we think about the legal exigencies or concerns, those complications. At the end of the day this is a woman who has lost her son and people want to understand why that happened.”

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