This morning the jury was instructed to overlook that statement.<quoted text>
Serino, the Lead Investigator pretended to have some "evidence" ready to spring. They had discovered he said, video footage of the events that evening. The defense asked,“and what did Zimmerman say when you told him that?” He said, "THANK GOD” Serino answered.
The last O’Mara question of the day, the last words the jury heard to take with them into the evening recess, could only be characterized as catastrophic for the State’s theory of the case. Looking directly at the man who had been the chief investigator on the case, who had possessed access to every bit of evidence of any sort, who had interviewed, and re-interviewed, and re-re-interviewed–applying increasing pressure from each interview to the next–O’Mara asked him:
“Do YOU think George Zimmerman was telling you the truth?”
Serino's succinct answer:“YES.”
It violated a motion in limine prohibiting the defense from questioning police about their opinions as to the guilt or innocence of Zimmerman.
SPD and its individual officers are in a dicey position. They are still under investigation by the FBI. Further, in the process of administrative shake ups both Singleton and Serino moved down in the chain of command. Both have a lot of years invested there. Portions of the interviews were redacted, presumably at the request of the attorneys of one or both.
Their testimony was necessary to get the interviews in.
Look for more complete analysis of the Zimmerman narrative from the FDLE investigators who picked up after SPD was off the case.