Former Topeka City Manager Testifies At Zimmerman Trial

By: AP/CBS News (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP/CBS News (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

(AP/CBS) - Former Topeka City Manager Norton Bonaparte was on the stand Tuesday in the trial of George Zimmerman.

Bonaparte is the current city manager of Sanford, Florida, where Trayvon Martin was shot and killed. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, claims he shot Martin in self-defense.

On the stand Tuesday, Bonaparte was questioned about his decision to play the 9-1-1 tapes from the night Martin was killed for his family, as a group, before they were given to police as part of the investigation.

Bonaparte testified he did it as a courtesy, so family could hear it before it was on the news. But Monday, former Sanford police chief Bill Lee testified he had recommended the tapes be played to family members individually to avoid improper influences.

Whether it is Martin or Zimmerman heard screaming for help in one of the tapes has become a pivotal issue in the trial.


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