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On a day which saw the six jurors tasked with deciding the fate of George Zimmerman deliberate for more than three hours before breaking until Saturday morning, on Friday evening Piers Morgan invited a collection of audience members to join him in studio for a live edition of his primetime CNN program.
Dedicating his entire hour to the case that has gripped the nation for nearly a month, the "Piers Morgan Live" host welcomed a panel of legal experts to join him in the middle of the room, while also engaging with those seated around him.
One such audience member was Dennis Root, a man who was called to the witness stand by the defense, and asked to speak to a very specific point.
"You gave this testimony which you basically imply that the only course of action that was left open to George Zimmerman was to take out his gun and shoot Trayvon Martin," explained Morgan, conversing with the man stationed directly in front of him. "Why did you believe that so strongly?"
A law enforcement expert who offered his services to the Zimmerman camp before the trial, Root explained why he feels the defendant had little choice but to use deadly force:
"You take into consideration everything you learn about an individual," explained Root, who during the trail noted that Zimmerman lacked a warrior mentality, and would be at a disadvantage in an altercation with Trayvon Martin. "I have 22 years of training behind me. Mr. Zimmerman did not."
As part of his live conversation with Morgan, the guest maintained that the incident on that fateful February night in 2012 may have been more complicated than the prosecution would like the jury to believe:
"Everybody makes the presumption that it's just a 17-year-old kid walking home," he said. "None of us, including myself, know exactly how the altercation began and ended up where it was. The perception that's important is what took place in George Zimmerman's mind at the time he discharged the weapon, and as long as he perceived that he was in imminent peril for great bodily harm or death, he is justified under Florida law in discharging a firearm."
Watch the clip for more of Friday's live audience show, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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