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article imageVideo: Zimmerman passed lie detector test after shooting Martin

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jun 27, 2012 in Crime
Sanford - Prosecutors released a report Tuesday that said George Zimmerman passed two lie detector tests on the night he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The Blaze reports that a "confidential report" by the Sanford Police Department said that Zimmerman willingly submitted to the lie detector tests.
According to Daily Mail, the video of the hour-long interrogation was released this week. It shows Zimmerman recalling the events leading to the shooting of Trayvon Martin. His voice levels were measured on a Computer Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA) and the final analysis, according to The Blaze, concluded "No Deception Indicated" (NDI). The police report said Zimmerman "told substantially the complete truth in regards to this examination."
Daily Mail notes, however, that the result of lie detectors tests are not usually admissible in court.
The Blaze reports that individuals can and do fool the lie detector. According to The Inquisitr, "guides" on how to "fool" the lie detector are available online.
Zimmerman was first asked "standard baseline questions" such as his name and the day of the week. According to USA Today, the Sanford Police report shows that he was tested for his claim that he did not confront the unarmed 17-year-old and that he shot him becasue he feared for his life.
The report says the police asked Zimmerman nine questions that included two related to the shooting.
USA Today reports officials asked:
Tester: "Did you confront the guy you shot?" Zimmerman: "No."
Tester: "Were you in fear for your life, when you shot the guy?" Zimmerman: "Yes."
Zimmerman was not accompanied by his legal counsel at the time the tests were administered, The Smoking Gun reports.
The report on the lie detector test was part of audio, video recordings and other documents police released to the prosecutor's office. Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara, released recordings and written statements that his client gave police after the shooting.
The Sanford Police Department announced that the lead detective in the Trayvon Martin case Christopher Serino, has been re-assigned to the patrol division at his request. Serino was the police detective who originally recommended that George Zimmerman should be charged with manslaughter.
The newly released reports and recordings include a synopsis written by Serino that add further details to previously disclosed information. According to USA Today, they reveal new inconsistencies in Zimmerman's accounts about why he got out of his car when he lost sight of Martin.
Digital Journal reports he said the dispatcher asked him to re-establish "eye contact" with Martin. But in another account he said he wanted to locate Martin so that he would be able to show the officers where he was when they arrived at the scene. Review of his recorded call to the dispatcher showed that his claim that the dispatcher asked him to locate Martin was false.
USA Today reports that Zimmerman also told police in a written statement on the night of the incident and during a walk through the crime scene the day after the shooting that he only got out of the car to look up the name of the street.
According to USA Today, Serino noted that Zimmerman had claimed he avoided confronting Martin because he was afraid of him, but he got out of his car in spite of his claim that he was afraid of Martin. Sereno noted that his actions were inconsistent with those of a person claiming he was afraid of the subject. Serino in his report wrote that the tragedy was avoidable but happened because Zimmerman reached "faulty conclusion as to Martin's purpose for being in the neighborhood."
Serino also mentioned that Zimmerman might have defused the tension during his confrontation with Martin if had told him that he was a neighborhood watch captain. In which case, Martin would have understood why he was being followed and his response might have been less aggressive
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