New audio, video statements released in George Zimmerman case
Updated On: Jun 23 2012 08:56:58 AM EDT
The attorney for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, released audio, video and written statements in his client's case on his defense website, GZLegalCase.com.
The evidence includes video and written statements from Zimmerman, audio files of interviews from Zimmerman, a video reenactment of the altercation, and more. Attorney Mark O'Mara posted on his website, "The Court has acknowledged that Mr. Zimmerman’s statements are to be made public. As these are the statements of our client, we are filing a Notice of Reciprocal Discovery. "
In the videos, Zimmerman can be seen with a butterfly bandage on the back of his head and another on his nose. In one of the audio interviews, Zimmerman describes what happened the night of the shooting, including Trayvon Martin telling Zimmerman, "You're going to die tonight."
"So I was walking back through to where my car was and he jumped out from the bushes and he said 'what the (expletive) your problem?' And I got my cell phone out to call 911 this time, and I said, 'Hey man I don't have a problem' and he says 'No, now you have a problem' and he punched me in the nose."
Zimmerman continued, "At that point I fell down, I tried to defend myself but he just started punching me in the face and I started screaming for help. I couldn't see I couldn't breathe."
"It was dark I didn't even see him getting ready to punch me. As soon as he punched me I fell backwards into the grass and then he grabbed--he was wailing on my head and then I started yelling help. When I started yelling for help he grabbed my head and started hitting my head into the I tried to sit up and yell for help, and then he grabbed my head and started hitting it into the sidewalk."
Zimmerman also talks about what so many people were questioning-why wasn't he more bloody if Martin attacked him. In the call, an investigator asks, "So they put you in the police car right away?"
Zimmerman replies, "No the EMS put peroxide on my head and I think they put peroxide on my face to get the blood off."
Investigators also told Zimmerman his injuries aren't consistent with someone being punched 25 to 30 times, , "I've consulted a lot of people not quite consistent with your injuries. You do have injuries however how did he manage to bang your head," the investigator told Zimmerman.
Investigators also warned him of the scrutiny he would get in Martin's death and asked him if he would have acted the same way had Martin been white.
"You know that you're going to come under a lot of scrutiny over this correct?" Ok. The profiling aspect of the whole thing. Had this person been white would you have felt the same way?"
Zimmerman replied, "Yes."
Zimmerman, 28, is charged with second-degree murder in Martin's February 26 shooting death. Zimmerman has said he shot Martin in self-defense, but Martin's family and civil rights activists from across the country said that Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, racially profiled Martin and ignored a 911 dispatcher's advice not to follow him.
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