Could you expand on this? I'm not quite sure what you mean.
In pretrial hearings, when Bernie was arguing that he had a strong case, he would say GZ contradicted himself by claiming to have been screaming and to have been suffocated. That made it look like the suffocation claim was something he would want to put in evidence, and the opposite turned out to be true.
Does that answer your question? I don't know exactly what it is that you don't understand.
I guess it's because the smothering
part was not excluded from all the testimony.
I recalled hearing it, during the Serino and Singleton portion and went back to check, and twice it is brought up when Serino was on the stand:
At 4:03 and 4:09 Here
in the "LIVE, ongoing rundown of the day's testimony" (July 1):
"Serino question him about the smothering. Singleton says the screaming would’ve stopped from someone being smothered."
"Serino says if anything needs to be changed, “This is it.” He plays the 911 call with screams heard in the background. He asks about what point Zimmerman says Martin smothered him. He plays the call again."
Unless your purporting suffocating and smothering are vastly different and will be interpreted as such by the jury, and I guess it could be said to be so, I just saw the terms as similar, and I guess that was what was confusing.
ETA: OK. I have to check the tape itself now, because I just reviewed the interview with Singleton & Serino, (2/29) and he does use the word "suffocating."
"GZ: When he…he was mounted on me but he had pressure on my nose and my mouth, suffocating me. And when he let go of my mouth and started reaching down my side"
So I'm not sure if the rundown of by CFNEWS interchanged the word smothering with suffocating, or if this was at another portion. I don't recall that being cut out, but I could be wrong.