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Defense attorneys Mark O'Mara, left, Don West, center, stand with George Zimmerman during Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., Wednesday, July 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Jacob Langston, Pool) Defense attorneys Mark O'Mara, left, Don West, center, stand with George Zimmerman during Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., Wednesday, July 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Jacob Langston, Pool)

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Jurors in the George Zimmerman trial are leaving the courtroom after an eventful day.

Prosecutors rested their case Friday, a day in which Zimmerman's mother and Trayvon Martin's mother each testified that it was her son, not the other woman's, who can be heard screaming for help on a 911 call.

Judge Debra Nelson denied a request by defense attorneys to acquit Zimmerman of second-degree murder after prosecutors rested.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara argued that the state didn't prove its case, and that Zimmerman was acting in self-defense.

Prosecutor Richard Mantei told the judge Zimmerman was a liar and had changed his story.

Judge denies request for acquittal

George Zimmerman, right, stands next to one of his defense attorneys, Don West, during his trial in Seminole circuit court, Friday, July 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

A Florida judge has denied a request from George Zimmerman's defense attorney to acquit the neighborhood watch volunteer of second-degree murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara argued for acquittal Friday after prosecutors rested their case.

O'Mara said prosecutors hadn't proved their case. He said there was enormous evidence presented over the past two weeks that Zimmerman had acted in self-defense.

Prosecutor Richard Mantei argued the state had met its burden and that Zimmerman had lied about what happened.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting 17-year-old Martin last year. He pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense.

Zimmerman's mom:  Son on 911 call

George Zimmerman's mother says it was her son's screams that can be heard in the background of a 911 call recorded the night her son fatally shot Trayvon Martin.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara played the 911 call in court after Gladys Zimmerman took the witness stand Friday.

When O'Mara asked her whose voice was screaming, she answered "My son."

Martin's mother and brother testified earlier in the day that it was Martin who was screaming.

Assistant state attorney Bernie de la Rionda, right, talks to Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's mother, on the stand during a recess in George Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court, Friday, July 5, 2013 in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

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