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Gunshot expert backs Zimmerman's story, but says there are other possible explanations

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SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A gunshot wound expert hired by the defense has testified that the forensic evidence backs George Zimmerman's account that Trayvon Martin was on top of him when he fatally shot the teen.

However, under cross-examination, Dr. Vincent DiMaio conceded that the wound could also be consistent with Martin pulling away from Zimmerman.

Some of Zimmerman's neighbors have said the neighborhood watch volunteer was on top of Martin, but the pathologist said he did not factor those statements into his conclusions.

DiMaio says the trajectory of the bullet and the gun powder on Martin's body support Zimmerman's version that the teen was on top of him when Zimmerman fired his gun into Martin's chest.

He said the gun muzzle was against Martin's clothing, and was anywhere from two to four inches from Martin's skin.

DiMaio also testified that lacerations to the back of Zimmerman's head were consistent with his head striking a concrete sidewalk.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara told the judge today that the defense will probably finish putting on its case tomorrow. Zimmerman, so far, hasn't testified. But he's been seen repeatedly in video recordings, telling his side of the story to police investigators.

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219-a-19-(Vincent Di Maio (dih MY'-oh), forensic pathologist, and prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda, in cross-examination)-"that time? Yes"-On cross-examination, forensic pathologist Vincent di Maio admits to prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda there are other possible explanations of the physical evidence. (9 Jul 2013)

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172-a-11-(Vincent Di Maio (dih MY'-oh), forensic pathologist, in direct testimony)-"he was shot"-Vincent Di Maio, a forensic pathologist testifying for the defense, says the evidence lines up with George Zimmerman's story that he was attacked by Trayvon Martin. (9 Jul 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Vincent DiMaio, a forensic pathologist and gunshot wound expert, on witness stand during trial of George Zimmerman, neighborhood watch captain on trial for his shooting of Trayvon Martin, in Seminole circuit court, Sanford, Florida, graphic element on gray (9 Jul 2013)

APPHOTO FLJR212: George Zimmerman leaves the courtroom for a lunch break his trial in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Fla., Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen, in 2012. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool) (9 Jul 2013)

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APPHOTO FLJR211: Dr. Vincent DiMaio, a forensic pathologist and gunshot wound expert, makes a gun gesture while testifying at George Zimmerman's trial in Seminole Circuit Court, in Sanford, Fla., Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen, in 2012. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool) (9 Jul 2013)

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