A new photo reportedly snapped minutes after he shot Trayvon Martin shows George Zimmerman's bloodied head. The photo released on Friday could be evidence in support of Zimmerman's claim that he shot Martin in self-defense on the night of February 26.
Digital Journal reports Zimmerman had told the police on the night of the incident that he shot Martin in self-defense after Martin pounced on him, punched him and bashed his head on the concrete sidewalk.
According to ABC News, the photo was reportedly taken about three minutes after Zimmerman shot and killed Martin and may give "credence to his claim that Martin had bashed his head against the concrete as Zimmerman fought for his life."
ABC News reports the photo shows what looks like a contusion forming on the crown of his head.
New York Magazine reports the photo was taken with an iPhone by a person who asked not to be identified. Zimmerman told the photographer to call his wife, and when asked what to say to his wife, he responded, "Man, just tell her I shot someone."
A police report noted that the back of Zimmerman's head was wet and that he was bleeding from the nose and head.
The new photo was released as Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara, and prosecutors, prepared for Zimmerman's bail hearing.
ABC News reports the photographer said he saw Martin's body on the grass the night he was killed, with gunpowder burns on his hoodie. The photographer said he did not see the alleged scuffle between Zimmerman and Martin, but heard it.
Digital Journal reports that Zimmerman's claim that he shot Martin in self-defense has been questioned because of what appears lack of credible evidence. But the new photo shows blood trickling down the back of Zimmerman's head from two small cuts.
A lawyer for the Martin family has raised question about the photo as evidence in support of Zimmerman's account of the incident. Benjamin Crump, in a statement to ABC News, said: "How bad could it have been if they didn't take him to the hospital didn't stitch him up. The special prosecutor has seen all the evidence and still believes George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin.”
According to NY Daily News, paramedics at the scene did not think it was necessary to transport Zimmerman to the hospital. The treated him at the scene after which he was cuffed and driven in a police cruiser to Sanford police station where he was question for hours before he was released.
Zimmerman free on bondYahoo! News reports Zimmerman will be allowed to go free on bond after a "dramatic two-hour hearing," in which he took the stand and apologized for shooting Trayvon Martin. He said: "I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am and I did not know if he was armed or not."
According to Yahoo! News, Zimmerman has been ordered to remain in jail for one more day, but could be released while awaiting trial if his family posts a $150,000 bond. The prosecutors lost their argument that the bond be $1 million, Yahoo! News reports.
According to O'Mara, a number of safe houses have been prepared for Zimmerman. He also said that Zimmerman, a former altar boy, has been "reading the Bible" while in protective custody.
Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder last week and could face life in prison if convicted.