Mystery Witness Supports Zimmerman's Story
1 year ago
Says Zimmerman was on ground being attacked
The attorney hired to represent neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who is accused of fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, said there was no racial issue involved in the February 28 incident.
Appearing on "CBS This Morning: Saturday," attorney Craig Sonner said, "I believe that there is sufficient evidence to show that Mr. Zimmerman was acting in self-defense.” He added, “[Zimmerman] has wounds, injuries to his face, to the back of his head. And I think the evidence will show that he was acting in self-defense, and that it was not racially motivated."
Sonner is currently advising Zimmerman’s situation, as no actually charges have been brought in the case.
"There are facts that will come out as the investigation goes on," Sonner told CBS News’ Rebecca Jarvis. "Basically, Mr. Zimmerman claims he was attacked by Trayvon Martin and he was defending himself. That's the gist of the case at this moment."
So far, eye witnesses and 911 tapes suggest that Zimmerman wrongly shot Martin, as the teen walked back to his fathers house from the store.
But, a mystery witness told authorities that he saw Trayvon beating up Zimmerman.
“The guy on the bottom, who had a red sweater on, was yelling to me, 'Help! Help!' and I told him to stop, and I was calling 911," said the witness, who asked to be identified only by his first name, John.
"And then, when I got upstairs and looked down, the guy who was on the top beating up the other guy, was the one laying in the grass, and I believe he was dead at that point."
When asked by CBS News if there was anything attorney Sonner wished to say to the parents of Trayvon Martin, he said, "Well, the end result of this entire situation is a tragic thing, and my condolences for the loss of a child. I mean, there's nothing worse than the loss of a child, and my condolences to them."