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Expert witness in George Zimmerman case testifies in Micah LeMaster trial

Dennis Root, of Stuart, Florida, testifies Thursday in Cabell County. He has given expert testimony in dozens of cases similar this this one. (WCHS/WVAH)

An expert witness in the George Zimmerman trial in Florida testified for the defense in Micah LeMaster’s murder trial.

Dennis Root, of Stuart, Florida, testified Thursday. He has given expert testimony in dozens of cases similar this this one.

He believes the shooting of Josh Martin was justified based on the perception of fear that LeMaster had when Martin banged on his door in the middle of the night and made threats against LeMaster.

He also used interviews from people at the party, where Martin received hallucinogenic mushrooms and other drugs.

“All indicated they ingested the drug and that his behavior was erratic. It was aggressive. They clearly articulated in the interviews his level of aggression and the fact that it scared them and they are the people who know him best,” Root said.

Root is expected to be the final defense witness unless LeMaster decides he wants to take the stand in his own defense.

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