Trayvon Martin Case: New Evidence Says Teen Attacked Zimmerman
1 year ago
Police say Martin followed Zimmerman, after he followed him
As proper investigations commence on the Trayvon Martin tragedy, new evidence and witness testimony continue to add details to the incident.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that George Zimmerman's official description of the moments leading up to him shooting Martin have been released. In the description, Zimmerman says that Martin attacked him, knocking him to the ground with one punch to the nose. At that point he says Martin began banging his head on his concrete. Those descriptions coincide with the injuries that Zimmerman, police and witnesses say he suffered.
Zimmerman's description also goes against the widely reported notion that he ran up on Martin, confronted him and then shot him. He says that he did get out of his SUV to see what Martin was doing, but then turned around to get back in his car. From there he says Martin walked up on him from behind asking why he was following him. The two had words and then Martin punched him in face, knocking him down. At that point Zimmerman says Martin hopped on top of him and started beating him more.
Witnesses, who have at times said that they heard cries say that they might have been from Zimmerman, while others may have been from Trayvon.
These reports do support the general consensus that Zimmerman shot Martin in "self-defense" during a fight. However, discontent at the fact that Zimmerman still has not been arrested for shooting the unarmed teen after he went against police commands not to approach Martin continues to grow.
Zimmerman's lawyers have let it be known that they plan to rely on Florida's "stand your ground" law that allows people shoot to kill when they feel they are in harms way.