After nearly 17 months at the center of the highly charged murder case, George Zimmerman told a Florida judge that he would not testify at his trial.
Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, 17, in 2012. He maintains that he did so in self-defense.
"What is your decision sir," asked Judge Debra Nelson of the defendant, whose legal team has tried to paint Martin as the aggressor in their confrontation.
"After consulting with counsel, not to testify your honor," Zimmerman replied as the defense promptly rested its case after just a few days of testimony.
The judge's question came after a testy exchange in which Zimmerman's attorney Don West repeatedly objected as Nelson asked if he would take the stand.