Wednesday, December 11 2013 8:49 PM EST2013-12-12 01:49:23 GMT
Police and school officials say American University's campus in the nation's capital is on lockdown after police received calls about a man with a gun. That report came in to Washington police aboutMore >>
Police and school officials say American University's campus in the nation's capital is on lockdown after police received calls about a man with a gun. More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 8:45 PM EST2013-12-12 01:45:14 GMT
Two young men were injured when they were shot during an attempted robbery Tuesday in Columbus. Police say the robbery occurred around 5 p.m. in the 2300 block of Sims Court. Three males, ages 20, 19More >>
Two young men were injured when they were shot during an attempted robbery Tuesday in Columbus.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 7:14 PM EST2013-12-12 00:14:04 GMT
As bitter cold sets in, many in central Indiana are thinking twice before cranking up the thermostat. "When I hear that furnace kick on and I don't feel cold, I jump up and I cut it down," said RooseveltMore >>
As bitter cold sets in, many in central Indiana are thinking twice before cranking up the thermostat.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:49 PM EST2013-12-11 23:49:01 GMT
A six-year-old boy kissed a classmate and got suspended for sexual harassment. Now his mom is fighting to get the incident removed from his record. "It was during class, yeah. We were doing reading group.More >>
A six-year-old boy kissed a classmate and got suspended for sexual harassment. Now his mom is fighting to get the incident removed from his record.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:43 PM EST2013-12-11 23:43:05 GMT
Gov. Mike Pence says the federal government has rejected Indiana's request that Howard County be declared a major disaster area because of damage from last month's tornadoes and severe storms. TheMore >>
Gov. Mike Pence says the federal government has rejected Indiana's request that Howard County be declared a major disaster area because of damage from last month's tornadoes and severe storms.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:29 PM EST2013-12-11 23:29:33 GMT
The state of Indiana is giving a Carmel business 2-million dollars in tax credits in exchange for creating 100 new jobs next year.Allegion does business in 120 countries -- but keeps its north AmericanMore >>
The state of Indiana is giving a Carmel business $2 million in tax credits in exchange for creating 100 new jobs next year.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:28 PM EST2013-12-11 23:28:45 GMT
Chuck Pagano took no solace in what everybody else at the Colts' complex already knew. Sunday's replay reversal, which gave the Bengals a touchdown, was a mistake. On Tuesday night, Dean Blandino, theMore >>
Chuck Pagano took no solace in what everybody else at the Colts' complex already knew.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:15 PM EST2013-12-11 23:15:22 GMT
An Indianapolis pastor has been convicted of child molestation. A jury found 71-year-old Otis Jetter guilty on all three counts Tuesday. Jetter had been working as a pastor at the Pilgrim Chapel MissionaryMore >>
A jury found 71-year-old Otis Jetter guilty on all three counts Tuesday.
Wednesday, December 11 2013 6:00 PM EST2013-12-11 23:00:14 GMT
About 50 days and 60 degrees ago, Dr. Lewis Ferebee rode a school bus to his first day of work as the new leader of Indianapolis Public Schools. He had a 100-day plan to begin improving the district.More >>
In an Eyewitness News interview, we ask IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee what he's learned, what he's done, and where he sees the school district headed.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:31 PM EST2013-12-11 22:31:19 GMT
A few snow showers are in the forecast for Wednesday evening and a quick blast of even colder air will follow. Overnight temperatures will be in the range of 1 to -4 degrees. Wind chills will be evenMore >>
A few snow showers are in the forecast for Wednesday evening and a quick blast of even colder air will follow.More >>
SANFORD, FLA -
Jurors in the George Zimmerman murder trial have stopped deliberating and will return Saturday morning to resume their discussions.
Jurors told the judge Friday they wanted to break for the night and return the next day to talk about whether Zimmerman committed second-degree murder when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. They will also be able to consider a manslaughter charge.
Jurors deliberated for three and a half hours when they decided to stop. About two hours into their discussions, they asked for a list of the evidence.
Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense last year.
Defense attorneys for Zimmerman finished up closing arguments Friday. Zimmerman's lawyer told jurors in Florida that prosecutors haven't proven Zimmerman's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Under Florida's laws involving gun crimes, a conviction on either could mean life in prison.
The jurors have been sequestered during the past three weeks. Because there were no eyewitnesses to the shooting, jurors will likely rely heavily on testimony from police, neighbors, friends and family members. The testimony was often conflicting.
Jurors will have to determine whether Zimmerman took the law into his own hands or was in a fight for his life and shot Martin in self-defense.
As he began his closing arguments, defense lawyer Mark O'Mara said he would show Zimmerman's "pure, unadulterated innocence." He said prosecutors had built a case on a series of hypothetical "could've beens" and "maybes."
He dismissed the prosecution's contention that Zimmerman was a "crazy guy" patrolling his townhome complex and "looking for people to harass" when he saw Martin, an unarmed black teen. He also disputed the claim that Zimmerman snapped when he saw Martin because there had been a rash of break-ins in the neighborhood, mostly by young black men.
O'Mara told jurors that Zimmerman at no point showed any ill will, hate or spite during his confrontation with Martin -- and he said that's what prosecutors must prove in order for there to be a second-degree murder conviction.
"George Zimmerman is not guilty if you have a reasonable doubt that he acted in self defense," said O'Mara to the jury.
O'Mara's three-hour presentation included slides, pictures, charts and an animated re-enactment as he walked the jury through the events from the night Martin was killed.
"Where is one shred of evidence that supports the absurdity that they are trying to have you buy?" he asked.
O'Mara used life-sized cut-outs and asked the former community watch volunteer to stand as he talked about the difference in physical presence between Martin and Zimmerman. He paused for four minutes of silence in the courtroom - the time he said Martin had to run home, but instead prepared for a fight.
O'Mara closed by showing the jury a block of concrete.
"That's cement. That is a sidewalk, and that is not an unarmed teenager with nothing but Skittles trying to get home," he argued.
"Concrete - you're kidding me. It's heavy, it's hard, if his head had been slammed into something like this, slammed, bashed over and over, he wouldn't look like he did in those photographs," said Prosecutor John Guy.
Guy pushed back in the state's final presentation to the jury, calling Zimmerman a liar who took the law into his own hands and killed a teenager who had done nothing wrong.
"Trayvon Martin may not have the defendant's blood on his hands, but George Zimmerman will forever have Trayvon Martin's blood on his - forever," he said.
Thursday, a prosecutor said Zimmerman had assumed Martin was a criminal who was up to no good when he confronted him in his neighborhood.
After twelve days of testimony from 53 people, it all comes down to the final, passionate words from attorneys.
"A teenager is dead through no fault of his own," said Bernie De La Rionda, prosecutor, in his arguments Thursday. "He's dead because another man made assumptions."
The prosecutor laid out a case where Zimmerman profiled Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, as a criminal and followed him, setting into motion a deadly chain of events.
"What was his crime? He bought Skittles, and some watermelon or iced tea or whatever it's called. What was his crime?" De La Rionda asked.
Using Powerpoint slides, Zimmerman's videotaped police and television interviews, evidence and 911 calls, De La Rionda pointed out inconsistencies the state sees in the defense's story, including that Zimmerman got out of the car despite viewing Martin as a threat; witness opinions that Zimmerman exaggerated the fight and his injuries and Zimmerman's claim martin went for his gun, forcing him to act.
"Because he's got a gun. He's got the equalizer," said De La Rionda. "It was back here hidden. Look at the size of this gun. How did the victim see that in the darkness?"
During the closing, Zimmerman stared straight ahead, sometimes shaking his head.
Families of both victim and defendant filled the front rows of the gallery and the jury listened intently. The all-female panel will consider both second degree murder and first degree manslaughter charges during deliberations.
"Hold the defendant responsible for his actions. Hold him accountable for what he did," De La Rionda said.
After 12 days of testimony and two days of closing arguments, the last word will come from the six women on the jury.
Wednesday, December 11 2013 7:42 PM EST2013-12-12 00:42:56 GMT
In an effort to save time and money, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard wants to bring criminal justice in Marion County under one roof. Sources tell Eyewitness News a plan is in the works that would consolidateMore >>
In an effort to save time and money, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard wants to bring criminal justice in Marion County under one roof.More >>
Wednesday, November 27 2013 6:21 PM EST2013-11-27 23:21:46 GMT
It's a case that has baffled police for decades. On November 17th, 2013, it will be 35 years since four young workers were kidnapped from the Speedway Burger Chef and killed. There were four victimsMore >>
It's one of the state's most heinous crimes. 35 years later, the Burger Chef murder case is still unsolved. Now, Eyewitness News has uncovered a new theory connected to the investigation that focuses on another Burger Chef restaurant.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 10:45 PM EST2013-12-11 03:45:01 GMT
There are major changes ahead for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Track officials revealed Tuesday how they will spend millions of dollars - some of it taxpayer money - for improvements at the track. TheMore >>
Track officials revealed Tuesday how they will spend millions of dollars - some of it taxpayer money - for improvements at the track.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 2:50 AM EST2013-12-11 07:50:40 GMT
The Mega Millions jackpot grows to $400 million with no winner nationwide Tuesday night. The jackpot is approaching a new record for Friday night, estimated at $400 million. The winning numbers forMore >>
The Mega Millions jackpot grows to $400 million with no winner nationwide Tuesday night. More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 12:00 AM EST2013-12-11 05:00:46 GMT
Metro Police are investigating a home break-in, in which thieves stole Christmas from an east side Indianapolis family.Anita Barnes says faith and family are the heart of the holidays.She decorated herMore >>
Metro police are investigating a home break-in in which thieves stole Christmas from an east Indianapolis family.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 5:49 AM EST2013-12-11 10:49:15 GMT
A Greenwood family escaped from a fire overnight in the 800 block of Ramblin Road. White River Township Fire Department was assisted by Greenwood Fire in fighting the building fire. The family ofMore >>
Greenwood family of four escapes building fire overnight.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 8:23 PM EST2013-12-11 01:23:04 GMT
A woman who worked for more than 12 years at an Indianapolis church is accused of stealing more than $177,000 from there. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says Stephanie Hicks was charged TuesdayMore >>
A woman who worked for more than 12 years at an Indianapolis church is accused of stealing more than $177,000 from there.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 6:37 PM EST2013-12-10 23:37:33 GMT
People living in a far south side Indianapolis apartment complex say enough is enough. Parc Bordeaux Apartments residents are fed up with thieves who have repeatedly targeted their complex. The most recentMore >>
People living in a far south side Indianapolis apartment complex say enough is enough.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 12:28 PM EST2013-12-11 17:28:11 GMT
New jobs are coming to central Indiana as a company brings its headquarters to Carmel. That's the new home for Allegion. The Ireland-based company was spun off from Ingersoll Rand last week. It willMore >>
New jobs are coming to central Indiana as a company brings its headquarters to Carmel. That's the new home for Allegion.More >>