George Zimmerman in Bandages Day After Killing Trayvon Martin
1 year ago
Neighbors come out and say Zimmerman appeared injured.
Jorge Rodriguez, Zimmerman's next-door neighbor, told Reuters that Zimmerman “had two big, butterfly bandages on the back of his head, and another big bandage on the bridge of his nose.”
The revelation by the neighbors stand to support Zimmerman's claim that he was in a life and death struggle with the 17-year-old teenager.
Under Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground Law," the reported injuries will be key to Zimmerman's chances at an acquittal in the case.
Martin was murdered on February 26th. He was unarmed, only carrying a bag of Skittles and a bottle of iced tea. Zimmerman claims when he confronted Martin, a tussle ensued in which he claims his head was pounded on the ground. He then shot Martin in self-defense.
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Several neighbors told Reuters he looked battered the next day. “I saw two bandages on the back of his head, and his nose was all swollen up,” said one witness.
But police video taken an hour after the murder showed Zimmerman unmarred.
Special prosecutor Angel Corey's office declined to comment on the report as did Zimmerman's lawyer Mark O'Mara.