Newly Released Evidence Tilts Toward Zimmerman’s Claims

Friday, 18 May 2012 08:52 AM

By Anthony Sokol

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Two police reports made public today by the Florida State Attorney say that George Zimmerman had a bloody face and nose and noted that two witness accounts appear to back up Zimmerman's version of the events on the night he shot Trayvon Martin, according ABC News.

In the reports witnesses describe a man on his back with another person wearing a hoodie straddling him and throwing punches. The evidence is being disputed because this has been such a contentious case.

The report states that Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin's father, told an investigator a man's voice frantically calling for help on captured 911 tapes was not his son. Mr. Martin claims this is not true. Ben Crump, the Martin family lawyer, told ABC News that Tracy Martin initially heard a distorted version of the 911 calls and said he could not identify the voice.

After listening to a second tape that had been cleaned up "He immediately broke down in tears because he knew it was his son calling for help."

The documents begin with a criticism of Zimmerman's decision to follow the teenager, who Zimmerman said was looking suspicious. An investigating officer wrote "The encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin was ultimately avoidable by Zimmerman, if Zimmerman had remained in his vehicle and awaited the arrival of law enforcement."

Zimmerman volunteered for the neighborhood watch committee and claimed he shot Martin in self-defense after the teenager knocked him to the ground, banged his head against the ground and went for Zimmerman's gun. Two police officers reported that when they arrived at the scene Zimmerman appeared to have a battered nose and bloodied face.

Officer Ricardo Ayala wrote, "Zimmerman was also bleeding from the nose and the back of his head." Another officer wrote, "I saw that Zimmerman's face was bloodied and it appeared to me that his nose was broken."

Witnesses, who were not named in the report, supported Zimmerman's version of the events. The police report quoted one witness as saying "He witnesses a black male, wearing a dark colored 'hoodie' on top of a white or Hispanic male and throwing punches” mixed martial arts “style,” The police report said the witness "heard a pop. He stated that after hearing the pop, he observed the person he had previously observed on top of the other person” referring to the man wearing the hoodie, was “laid out on the grass."

A second witness described one man on the ground and another man straddling him and throwing punches. The witness told police that the man on the bottom was yelling for help. The documents state that Zimmerman can be heard yelling for help 14 times on a 911 call recorded during the fight.

Zimmerman is charged with second degree murder for the Feb. 26 killing of the unarmed 17-year-old Martin.

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