The George Zimmerman Evidence: 5 Things You Should Know
1 year ago
Analysts say materials are a “mixed bag” that support some, not all of shooter’s story
Things may have gotten tougher for both the prosecution and defense last week, when evidence was released against George Zimmerman, in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
The materials, shared with Zimmerman’s legal team some time ago, were released Thursday to media outlets by the Florida State Attorney’s Office.
While the more than 200 pages of police records, autopsy reports, photographs and surveillance video files help support Zimmerman’s claim that he fought with the 17-year-old unarmed Miami student, it remains unclear if any of it irrefutably validates his claim of self-defense.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting death of Martin. The case has become a racially divisive subject, as many believe Martin was targeted by Zimmerman because he was black.
Loop 21 obtained the materials on Thursday and reviewed them. Here are the five things you should know about the evidence:
1. Photos support Zimmerman’s story about his fight with Trayvon
George Zimmerman was cleaned up by a paramedic on the scene of the crime, but still had injuries that were visible when investigators took photographs at a Sanford police station.
The photos clearly show bleeding lacerations to the back of Zimmerman’s head. In close up photos, his nose appears to be swollen. His attorney and family have said his nose was broken, but medical records obtained by ABC News say he sustained a “closed fracture” of the nose.
Photographs of Zimmerman’s hands suggest he did not engage in fisticuffs with the teen. An autopsy report of Martin reports cuts to the teen’s knuckles, consistent with a fight. Photos from the autopsy were not released to the media.
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2. Location of Trayvon’s body supports fight was on concrete