Politan asked Corey if something else was going on between Serino and prosecutors -- why they didn't seem to be on the same team -- since Serino's testimony didn't seem to support the prosecution's case.
Attacking Serino's statement "would have left us in the position of attacking Chris Serino, who just tried to do a good job in this case," Corey said.
"We would have had to go, 'But Detective Serino, you made up your mind before the DNA was done, you made up your mind before you checked the medical records to show that (Zimmerman's) injury that looked so bloody in that first photograph was really a cut this big?' That's why prosecutors take over the cases, that's why police officers don't prosecute their own cases, because we have to look at the additional evidence and what refutes George Zimmerman's story. And there was a wealth of hard, cold physical evidence, DNA and everything else, that showed that George Zimmerman lied in his statements to the police," Corey said.
Politan then asked why prosecutors didn't present to the jury what could have happened that night, to fill in the gaps and prove Zimmerman was lying.
"Well, the problem you've got in a trial is you can't say to the jury, 'don't speculate' and then ask them to speculate," said de la Rionda. So we're left with the defendant's story and what we attempted to do as best we could is prove that his story was false. Therefore, why would he be lying about something, something minor like getting an address? I thought that was blatantly a lie, and while I was talking to the jury, I saw them nodding their heads."
De la Rionda added that he was sure Zimmerman would get on the stand to tell his story, but even without the opportunity to cross-examine him and try to directly poke holes in his story, prosecutors say they thought Zimmerman's lies would so blatant, that would be enough for the jury to see his story as false.
"And you have the injuries," Corey added. "And the injuries indicate there was some sort of struggle. We never said Trayvon Martin didn't do something to George Zimmerman. What we said is you can't take a concealed weapon and encourage or incite a fist fight, which is what he did by stalking at teenager who didn't know who he was, and then whip your gun out and shoot ... never explaining the details of how he was able to pull his gun, if he was being beaten as brutally as he claimed.
"We clearly refuted it with the physical evidence. No DNA on Trayvon Martin's hands, which were supposedly covering (Zimmerman's) bloody nose. So many other things, and those lies were put in front of the jury, one after the other. And in addition...the accusation that we overcharged is ludicrous in light of the evidence. What citizen, who's just defending himself, writes the word 'suspect' 24 times in a statement, unless, he thinks he's the police officer trying to explain how he was attempting to apprehend a suspect, and then had to fight him off and kill him? No normal citizen calls a dead teenager 'the suspect.' It goes to his mindset."
Politan's interview with the Zimmerman prosecutors touched on a wide variety of other issues, including whether there will be federal charges brought against Zimmerman, why Martin's parents were not in the courtroom for the verdict, and the firing of former IT director Ben Kruidbos. The interview will air Monday night at 10 p.m. ET on a special edition of HLN After Dark.
Saturday night, Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges related to Martin's death, giving some closure to a case that began on February 26, 2012, when Zimmerman called 911 to report "a suspicious" person in his neighborhood, the Retreat at Twin Lakes. He was instructed by a dispatcher not to get out of his vehicle or approach the person, but did anyway.
Moments later, neighbors reported hearing gunfire. Zimmerman, who was bleeding from the nose and back of the head, told police that he and Martin fought and that he shot the 17-year-old in self-defense.
Protests were held around the country when it appeared that Zimmerman wasn't going to be arrested for Martin's death. On April 11, 2012, Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting the unarmed teen.