Return to Transcripts main page
Protests Continue in Egypt; Town Mourns Loss of Firefighters; Gas Prices Lower Heading into Holiday; Zimmerman Prosecution Hits Turning Point
Aired July 3, 2013 - 07:00 ET
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I'd like to see the opposition and President Morsi engaged in a more constructive conversation.
CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Deadline looming over a dozen killed as Egypt's president refuses to leave. The military could try to take over in just hours. What does it mean for the U.S.?
KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Holiday soaker. Rain and lots of it set to drench the eastern half of the country as we head into the Fourth. Flooding already in parts and more on the way.
MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: What went wrong? The shocking video of two young girls. Their parasail breaks free and smashes into a building. They are fighting for their lives this morning.
CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.
ANNOUNCER: What you need to know.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He lost his crew. I couldn't put myself in his shoes.
ANNOUNCER: What you just have to see.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What makes you think I'd marry you? You're one of the sorriest church members I had.
ANNOUNCER: This is NEW DAY with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira.
BOLDUAN: Good morning, and welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. It is Wednesday, July 3rd. It's almost the holiday, 7:00 in the East. We're in the middle of 30 minutes of commercial-free news. I'm Kate Bolduan.
CUOMO: And I'm Chris Cuomo joined as always by news anchor, Michaela Pereira. Good morning to you.
Coming up, a lot of people thought the prosecution in the George Zimmerman trial was down for the count. Not us, though, and this morning, you're going to see why they may be back on course. We're going to tell you all the things that happened, what they mean. We have Sunny Hostin, defense attorneys Danny Cevallos and Tom Mesro (ph). They're all be here to tell us what happens today.
BOLDUAN: Big day. The big day ahead.
There may be a shred of hope for a 19-year-old man, really, his parents say still just a boy who's jailed over a Facebook posting.
There may be a shred of hope for a 19-year-old man, really his parents say just a boy jailed over a Facebook posting. It's a story we first brought you yesterday, Justin Carter is his name. He says he was only joking when he made a post being a school shooting but authorities took it as a very, very serious threat. We're going to talk to his mother live about the effort to free her son and his upcoming bail hearing.
PEREIRA: You really have to check this out. A pastor going on quite a rant, can you imagine this, calling out members of his congregation. No one, I mean no one is safe from the pastor's wrath in this video. We'll try to break down what happened at this service.
BOLDUAN: I really want to hear that.
CUOMO: More about him than them in the end, as we'll tell you.
But first, Egypt's president and the nation's military seem to be headed for a showdown. Army leaders say Mohamed Morsi has just a few hours left to step down. If not they'll force him from power. Violent clashes overnight left at least 23 dead. Back at home here President Obama is calling on President Morsi to hold new elections, pressuring the army to avoid a military coup. Reza Sayah is following the fast moving developments in Cairo. What's the latest?
REZA SAYAH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Chris, the suspense and anticipation cranking up in Egypt. People here are bracing themselves, they sense a showdown is coming. They're not sure what it is but already in some areas that showdown has led to some ugly scenes.
SAYAH: Overnight in Egypt, anticipation turning into violence, hundreds wounded, others shot to death as supporters and opponents of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi fought at Cairo University. This flash the most recent uproar surrounding the embattled Islamist president hours away from a deadline to solve Egypt's messy political conflict or risk a military takeover.
For the president's critics the ultimatum makes the end of Morsi's rule seem tantalizingly near. In many ways so is the Egyptian revolution part two. It was two-and-a-half years ago Hosni Mubarak was toppled. In came President Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, freely and fairly elected, but increasingly hated by literal and moderate Egyptians who accused him of hijacking the revolution with an Islamist agenda and pushing aside opposing voices.
Months of demonstrations culminated Sunday with millions marking the president's anniversary with nationwide protests, demanding his ouster. When the protests didn't end and escalated into deadly clashes and attacks targeting the Brotherhood's headquarters, Egypt's armed forces delivered its ultimatum. Washington followed with a push for the president to call for new elections.
However, in a televised speech to the nation last night, Morsi gave no indication he plans to step aside.
SAYAH: In that speech last night president Morsi saying he's prepared to die to protect the democratic transition. The armed forces saying they're prepared to die to protect the people. And a new development about 15 minutes ago, the campaign that led this latest mass demonstration against the president, they had some harsh statements for Washington, essentially calling the U.S. government to stay out of Egypt's affairs. Washington of course for the most part has been backing President Morsi, this campaign saying Washington trying to impose its will on the Egyptian people for the interests of Israel, Chris. So pressure growing on Washington as well.
CUOMO: All right, Reza Sayah thank you very much. Tough spot for Egypt and tough spot for the president here at home.
BOLDUAN: Yes, tough spot for the president at home, that is absolutely right. I want to talk more about just that, what the unrest in Egypt means for the United States. So let's turn to our own Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN's "FAREED ZAKARIA GPS" for more on this. You just hear Reza Sayah bringing that up. While this is an internal conflict within Egypt, a really amazing situation unfolding. I think we're looking at live pictures of Tahrir Square right now. Fareed, what do you think the U.S.'s role should be? This is a tough spot.
FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN HOST, "FAREED ZAKARIA GPS": This is a very tough spot. At some level no matter what the United States does it gets blamed. For decades it was blamed for supporting the military, it was blamed for that even a year or two ago, now the claim is that they're too pro-President Morsi. So they've been trying to thread this needle and support the democratic process, democratization of Egypt, and therefore to support the outcome of that process, which was President Morsi.
The American ambassador probably went too far when she ruled out military intervention. She said that would be a terrible idea. So the president is now trying to back pedal a little bit and say well maybe the president should hold fresh elections.
But I think this is very treacherous water. In my view the best thing for the United States would be to do is sort of stay out, say we support the Egyptian people, we support whatever choices they make. This is a fragile democracy. It's going to have some twists and turns but this is a great country and they will end up all right.
BOLDUAN: Doesn't this threaten for the U.S. to be on the wrong side of history as this unfolds?
ZAKARIA: I think that's what they're trying to do is avoid that by saying, look, we support the democratic process, this guy was elected. At the end of the day that's the right side of history but Egyptians are so suspicious that no matter what we do, they think that, they believe there's a hidden American hand behind almost everything that happens.
BOLDUAN: Fareed, the thing I keep returning to, we've heard folks say President Morsi has lost legitimacy here. You've seen the people in the streets telling him it's time for to you go, the military is kind of threatening to take over if he doesn't figure out something or call early elections. But he was democratically elected. If this happened in the United States people would be going crazy. Isn't that the point of elections in.
ZAKARIA: It's a wonderful point to make. The problem is Egypt is a young democracy, and democracy isn't only about elections. It's about respect for human rights. It's about individual freedoms and protections. It is about the rights of minorities. And this party, the Muslim Brotherhood, has systematically abused power. It had promised it would not seek the presidency. It violated that. It promised it would not seek a parliamentary majority. It violated that. It promised to share power in several way. It violated that. It tried to get various of its policies implemented through the constitution.
So it's a wonderful reminder that democracy isn't just about elections. If you think about it, in the United States, all three branches of government, the Supreme Court and unelected branch is the most powerful, and that's a cherished part of American democracy. This president of Egypt needs to remember that, there are many other pieces of democracy. He was elected by 52 percent of the people on a second round ballot. That means there's 48 percent that really don't like him and that's the 48 percent you're seeing on the streets.
BOLDUAN: That's absolutely right. So we're going to watch this unfold together as we see what happens when this deadline is reached, and it looks like no one is backing down and ready to compromise at this point. Fareed, great to see you, thank you very much. And you can watch Fareed Zakaria Sundays right here on CNN.
CUOMO: Let's bring it back home to a story we've been following this morning. Only eight percent containment for Arizona's deadly Yarnell Hill wildfire, which has burned through about 13 square miles so far. There's more help on the way in the form of four heavily modified military C-130 planes to help fight the flames from above. CNN's Kyung Lah is live in Prescott, Arizona, with the latest. Kyung?
KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Chris. That eight percent containment number very significant in part because it's really the very first good news that firefighters have gotten in this deadly blaze as they still continue to mourn and try to grapple with the loss of so many fallen brothers.
(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) LAH: A stirring tribute to the 19 firefighters who lost their lives on Sunday, the small community devastated.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: For all of your husbands, fiances, brothers, sisters and sons, they did exactly what they were supposed to do. They put themselves between danger and the people that need help. We will continue to do that.
LAH: The town giving the families of the deceased a standing ovation, and standing alongside the families --
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is for you. We love you.
LAH: The lone survivor of the hot shots, Brendan McDonough. We're now learning more of what happened that day. He was stationed as a lookout, removed from his team. His position was above the team when the wind suddenly shifted.
WADE WARD, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER, PRESCOTT FIRE DEPARTMENT: He radioed the crew that he had reached his trigger point and that he was leaving.
LAH: That was their last radio call. Minutes later the rest of his brothers, all 19 of them, were gone. As investigators now try to determine what went wrong, the firefighters blame the extraordinary conditions, a perfect storm of a wildfire for the deaths.
RALPH LUCAS, BATTALION CHIEF, PRESCOTT FIRE DEPARTMENT: Basically the wind change. You had a thunderstorm that was above. They have a tendency to push winds around just because of the dynamics of nature and the way they work and that's what occurred during that time period.
LAH: Firefighters said there was nothing McDonough could do to save his brothers.
REGGIE DAY, SAFETY SUPERVISOR, U.S. FOREST SERVICE: It's going to be tough. He's lost his crew, and I don't really know -- I couldn't put myself in his shoes. I couldn't even, I couldn't do it.
LAH: That firefighter came here to remember McDonough as well as the other fallen firefighters. And I just want you to take a brief second to take a look down this way. This is an entire block, this is part of the tribute wall, and it stretches all the way around up and down this block as well as winding around another block. And Chris, it is still continuing to grow. Chris?
CUOMO: It will especially as we go through the holidays now that community will come together and try and help those families through such a hard time.
BOLDUAN: As the holiday approaches, absolutely right. Thanks so much, Kyung.
If you're hitting the road this July fourth holiday you could be in luck, maybe not the weather but with something else. Fewer people are expected to travel and gas prices could be lower depending on where you live, of course. CNN's Pamela Brown is joining us with more on that. We could use a little good news heading into the holiday, Pamela.
PAMELA BROWN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: We sure can. You're absolutely right, Kate. People normally expect more pain at the pump on the fourth of July holiday, one of the busiest travel days of the year. But this year the 34 million drivers expected to hit the road may have a little something more to celebrate.
BROWN: Whether you drive a gas guzzler or not it's a good bet you're paying extra attention to prices at the pump if you plan on hitting the road this Fourth of July.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I never really know what's going to happen, goes up and down all the time.
BROWN: Good news, right now they're going down. The national average for a gallon of gas is just below $3.50 a gallon.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's often a myth that gas prices rise heading into a major holiday. It turns out that's really not the case. In fact this year gas prices have dropped for 20 days in a row.
BROWN: The reason, gas supply is up while consumer demand is down.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: One the economy remains quite weak, two, people are driving more fuel-efficient cars, and, three, people aren't driving as much as they used to.
BROWN: Still, AAA says this year's prices are the third highest on record for Independence Day, right behind $3.57 a gallon in 2011 and a long way from the sticker shock we experienced in 2008, gas prices of more than $4. Be prepared to dish out more on your holiday road trip if you're driving in west coast states like California and Washington. The cheapest spots, southern states like Alabama and South Carolina. Still some would rather stay at home than fill up.
Are you driving anywhere for the fourth?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, I'm going to drive my significant other crazy. That's as far as I can get with these prices.
BROWN: You got to have a sense of humor. In Connecticut, Connecticut, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, Wyoming, and North Carolina you'll have to pay a little bit extra at the pump this Fourth of July with newly implemented gas taxes up to 10 cents. BOLDUAN: I think my father still does it, sitting around shopping for the lowest gas in town. I think we wasted more gas shopping for the low gas but regardless.
BROWN: In New York City we were just talking.
BOLDUAN: It's impossible.
CUOMO: It's hard but all over people gas shopping because it's taken a bite out of the budget especially in this economy.
BOLDUAN: Pamela, thank you.
BROWN: Thank you.
CUOMO: A lot of news this morning. Let's get over to Michaela, more intrigue with the NSA leaker.
PEREIRA: The twists and turns developing. Making news this hour the international mystery over NSA leaker Edward Snowden's strategy has a new wrinkle. The Bolivian president's plane was forced to land in Austria after rumors swirled that Snowden was on board. He wasn't and Austrian authorities finally allowed the plane to take off this morning. Earlier, Morales had met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit, and during a TV interview Morales said Bolivia would consider Snowden's asylum's request. Snowden is believed to be inside a Moscow airport's transit lounge.
Pakistan foreign minister is condemning a U.S. drone attack that killed 16 people along its volatile border with Afghanistan, that attack hitting a compound of the Haqqani network, a group known to carry out attacks against NATO forces in Afghanistan. We do not know if any high profile insurgents were killed in that attack.
A CNN exclusive now, new images this morning of an American detainee in North Korea. This is Kenneth Bay. He has held in the communist country since November serving 15 years of hard labor for so-called hostile acts against the regime. On the video Bay says he has been working eight hours a day and is in failing health. He had been hoping to be released on the Fourth of July, his father's 70 birthday. The U.S. State Department has been demanding Bay's release.
PERIERA: Drugstore giant, Walgreens, confirms it is no longer doing business with Paula Deen, more than a dozen companies cut ties with the celebrity chef. Meanwhile Deen's lawyers are cooking up an unusual new legal strategy. They argue that the woman that is suing Deen for racial discrimination should not be allowed to do so because she's white. A similar argument was made in an appeal of the Supreme Court's recent same-sex decision marriage.
I know you're wondering what is the worst restaurant meal in America, Kate? Well, here you go. The Center for Science in the Public Interest says it is Long John Silver's Big Catch at 33 grams of transfat and 19 grams of saturated fat it provides two whole weeks of fat in a single meal. This 1,300 calorie meal featured a battered and fried piece of haddock along with two side dishes. The sides researchers chose were hush puppies and onion rings, which you know, look let's be honest, there was a vegetable in there somewhere before all the --
BOLDUAN: Well, there's fish in there. Do not mess with my hush puppies.
PERIERA: The problem is there's four grams of fish and then like you know a billion --
CUOMO: I'm shocked by the fish and I'm shocked by the number of fat grams you're allowed.
PERIERA: You're not going to have to for lunch again.
CUOMO: Thirty-three grams of fat for two weeks? I'm going to explode.
BOLDUAN: Part of my diet growing up was Long John Silver's. Right on the corner.
PERIERA: I've never been.
CUOMO: They have a great dish called The Big Catch.
BOLDUAN: Don't go skimpy on the hush puppies.
CUOMO: Coming up next on NEW DAY, a big shift in the George Zimmerman trial. Just how bad were injuries? It was brought up, and there was surprising testimony. What does it mean about how scared he was that night? We'll have our legal experts take you through what happened and what happens next.
BOLDUAN: And fun turns absolute terrifying. Two teens are coasting in the sky on a parasail and you see what happened, they're tethered to the boat, the line seems to snap and they're severely injured. We're going to talk to someone about is this water sport so safe?
BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY. This morning we're awaiting a major ruling in the George Zimmerman case. Tuesday his injuries were front and center in court. A medical examiner testified that the wounds were insignificant, not consistent with his account of a brutal attack by Trayvon Martin that fateful night. CNN's George Howell is live in Sanford, Florida, with the latest. Good morning, George. GEORGE HOWELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Kate, good morning. One important distinction, this is not the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Trayvon Martin. Instead it's a witness who was called on by the state to examine this question, given the injuries, the wounds we've seen on Zimmerman's head, was he really in danger of being killed himself that night?
HOWELL: Images of George Zimmerman bloodied and beaten up, important visuals for his defense, trying to show that Zimmerman's head had been slammed against the sidewalk and he had to fire his gun to save his own life. That's not the way Jacksonville based medical examiner Valerie Rao sees it.
UNIDENIFIED MALE: Are the injuries to the back of the defendant's head consistent with having been repeatedly slammed into a concrete service.
VALERIE RAO, MEDICAL EXAMINER: No.
HOWELL: After examining dozens of pictures, Rao testified the injuries were not life-threatening, consistent with being punched or hitting a concrete surface once. But during cross-examination, Rao admitted when pressed by attorney Mark O'Mara he could have been hit multiple times.
The jury also heard from a man who calls himself George Zimmerman's best friend. Mark Osterman says Zimmerman even gave him the play by play of what happened the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. Enough detail for Osterman to write a book.
BERNIE DE LA RIONDA, PROSECUTING ATTORNEY: I think he quoted him as saying, he took his hand that was covering my nose and went for the gun saying something at that point, correct?
MARK OSTERMAN, FRIEND OF GEORGE ZIMMERMAN: He did.
DE LA RIONDA: He said what words did he utter?
OSTERMAN: He says you're gonna die and he used the M-F term, I'm sorry I don't like to curse in front of ladies.
DE LA RIONDA: For the record he used the word you're going to die now (EXPLETIVE DELETED)?
OSTERMAN: That is correct.
HOWELL: Prosecutors say there's no proof Martin reached for the gun. The state's latent (ph) fingerprint analyst examined it.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Did you find any latent prints of value on state's 183?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No.
HOWELL: In cross-examination, Kristen Benson told the court rain could have had a negative impact on finding any fingerprints.
Prosecutors also turned the table on their own key witness. Lead investigator Chris Serino, on Monday, told the defense he believed Zimmerman was truthful and credible through the course of several interviews. The state objected the next day saying Serino's opinion should not be considered as evidence. The judge agreed and ordered the jury not to consider Serino's statement when reaching their decision.
HOWELL: So this morning prosecutors hope to introduce new evidence into this case of Zimmerman's school records to show that he studied criminal justice and that he may have had knowledge about the "stand your ground" law here in the state of Florida. You'll remember that Zimmerman did a national televised interview where he said that he did not know about "stand your ground." Defense attorneys say that those school records though are irrelevant to this case, Chris.
CUOMO: George, thank you very much.
Remember yesterday everybody was all over the prosecution saying they've blown the case, you heard legal analysts all over the place. We kept it even, and that's because you never know what's going to happen in a trial and oh what a difference a day makes. Let's look at why.
Day seven, reversal of fortune. Second chance at success. We'll have the experts break down for you what happened before the testimony even started yesterday that wound up being a big win for the prosecution, because they were able to get testimony struck from an investigator, re-interview him up on the stand, and he gave them much better testimony we'll tell you about.
Very insignificant, what was that about? This medical examiner you heard George talking about saying I don't know about 25 times he was hit on the head, it could have been just once. What does that do to his fear of being in serious bodily injury, eminent death, very important issues.
Let's get to the experts to unpack it for us. But remember we're going to figure out who has the advantage going into today, to help us get that answer, Sunny Hostin, CNN legal analyst, former federal prosecutor herself, and Danny Cevallos, criminal defense attorney. Thank you very much for both of you being here.
Sunny, please, we'll begin with you. Give me a quick take what happened before it even started yesterday that wound up making such a difference for the prosecution?
SUNNY HOSTIN, CNN LEGAL ANALYST: Well the prosecution asked the judge to strike that last answer that Serino gave that the jury heard which was, I believed that George Zimmerman was being truthful. The judge agreed with the prosecution saying that was opinion testimony. You can't vouch for the credibility of the defendant of another witness and she instructed the jury to strike what they heard, to just not listen at all to what they heard, they weren't allowed to consider that.
I think that was really important because that was a blow to the prosecution when you have your own witness saying wow the defendant, I don't know, I think he's truthful.
CUOMO: It's unusual because usually the cop's up on the stand saying the defendant is untruthful. Here it was the opposite but they got it reversed back in their favor, they get Serino back on the stand, and this time using the phrase "blank-en" punks, which is what Zimmerman supposedly was saying on the 911 call, they get the investigator to say, well you know what he followed his behavior could be interpreted as ill will, key, why is that key, Sunny?
HOSTIN: It is so very important because the prosecution has to prove second-degree murder and in proving second-degree murder they have to get inside George Zimmerman's head and they have to show he had a depraved mind.
What's a depraved mind? It means you killed somebody with ill will, with hatred and spite. Serino gave that to the prosecution. He said wow, you know what? The behavior, the language that George Zimmerman used, that could be considered ill will, that could be considered hate. That could be considered height (ph). That was huge. That means the prosecution, Chris, has enough evidence to put that charge in front of this jury. You can't underestimate how powerful that was.
CUOMO: All right Sunny. Maybe Danny can. So, let's look at it from the defense side, Danny. Were they able to get back at a ground to counter. They did get in that it isn't illegal to follow or confront someone but does that matter with what was laid out by the prosecution?
DANNY DEVALOS, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Yes, the prosecution did a terrific job. Overall the prosecutor is a -- they're terrific attorneys doing an exemplary job. They just have some very difficult facts. And Sunny is absolutely right. They need to bring the case back into the ill will, the hatred that goes towards proving a depraved mind which is their burden.
The ultimate question is going to be did George Zimmerman have an ill will or hatred for someone that he didn't even know? And you see both prosecution and defense trying to elicit that from different witnesses because it's literally the words of the statute so once they say those words or agree with that testimony, then you go towards proving that depraved mind. But remember, Mark O'Mara on cross elicited the opposite of that. We're going to see a conflict between whether or not there was ill will or hatred.
Another thing to consider, is there ill will or hatred if you don't know if you're generally just angry at people breaking into houses in the neighborhood.
CUOMO: The medical examiner, Danny, she comes up there and says I don't know about this banged on the head 25 times against the concrete. The injuries to me look like only one time. Huge blow because it goes to how reasonable it is that George Zimmerman thought that his life was in danger. What do you make of that?
CEVALLOS: Yes, respectfully I disagree with that position because of this. Number one, this is not a physician who treats patients regularly. Number two, we all know that abrasions on the head don't necessarily go to potential head injuries. There could be internal head injuries, concussion, whatever, and Number three, while it's true that the minor abrasions do go towards minor injuries, however it's not whether you actually suffered serious bodily injury. It's whether your apprehension was reasonable that you would suffer serious bodily injury, it's whether you're apprehension was reasonable that you would suffer serious bodily injuries. So, while that is helpful to the prosecution, that is still a high burden to meet.
CUOMO: Right, but Sunny let's finish with you. The reasonable man stand, or we should really say the reasonable person standard, started as we all learned in law school the man on a bus, an average person. When they heard that -- when that jury heard that medical examiner say didn't look like he got hit that many times to me, certainly not life- threatening injuries what did you see?
HOSTIN: I saw something that was very significant because you can't use deadly force unless you are in fear of eminent death or great bodily harm. Now, that standard -- the reasonable person, is objective. It's not subjective. So the jury now gets to think how would I feel if I was hit maybe one time, is it reasonable to fear for my life? You've got an expert medical examiner saying these injuries were insignificant. They weren't life-threatening. I think that goes to the ultimate question, my goodness, could he really bring that gun to a fist fight?
CUOMO: Right. Sunny Hostin, Danny Cevallos thank you for the insight, we'll back with you tomorrow, maybe even later today if we're going to get in early on the trial.
So we head back to the wall. Very important stuff that's going to happen today. They're going to bring someone on to say that George Zimmerman knew all about stand your ground, knew all about self- defense, why? Because they want to make the case that George Zimmerman said everything that was convenient to make this a case he could get away with. So today another huge day, but yesterday we had it called even. After what the prosecution was able to do.
Now all this burden being back on George Zimmerman, pressuring the story that he's given. Have to give the advantage to the prosecution. Key today will be whether or not the prosecution can establish that this story was made up by George Zimmerman to be perfect for him but not believable. Believable by you? you tell me. Go to Twitter @Chriscuomo, weigh in. You can follow us there. Follow everything we do. Go to Facebook, use the hashtag #NewDay. Kate?
BOLDUAN: Thanks so much, Chris. Coming up next on NEW DAY, a horrific parasailing accident is caught on camera in Florida. You're seeing video right here.