Op-Ed: Trayvon Martin & George Zimmerman — Crime Scene Investigation

Posted Apr 1, 2012 by Nicole Byerly
As the case of Trayvon Martin continues to bring up questions, I have a question of my own. How in the world did the two individuals end up at the location where the crime occurred? So I decided to conduct a little test for more details.
Packing his concealed 9mm pistol  a self-appointed watchman George Zimmerman  shot dead 17-year-old ...
Packing his concealed 9mm pistol, a self-appointed watchman George Zimmerman, shot dead 17-year-old Trayvon Martin
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To conduct this test, I took the average walk time of a person as 20 minutes and the average run time of a person as 13 minutes. These averages are a national average, and do not take into consideration the physical condition of either individual.
A rough estimate of times and locations.
A rough estimate of times and locations.
It should also be noted that the distance from the clubhouse to the approximate location of Trayvon’s father’s girlfriend’s house is roughly 750 feet. This distance takes the average person 2.84 minutes to walk, and 1.84 minutes to run.
To further conduct this test, I listened to the 911 call repeatedly from George Zimmerman that took place on the night of February 26, 2012. I took note of the time and location specified in the call. At 1:06 into the call, George Zimmerman states that they were near the club house. During this call, he states that Trayvon was walking around looking at houses. This location is specified in the map for this test.
To measure each location, I used the 100 foot bar at the bottom, left corner of the map. I measured the distance from the clubhouse location to determine how far Trayvon could have gotten on foot. This distance traveled in one minute before Trayvon took off running (according to the 911 call at 2:06 in) is 264 feet.
From the time George Zimmerman reported Trayvon took off running (2:06 in) until you hear his door close (2:14), Trayvon had approximately 7 seconds to run. Upon this, he ran an estimate of 54.4 feet. At this distance, Trayvon continued to run and, by averages given, maintained a 54.4 feet margin ahead of George Zimmerman.
The 911 operator said “we do not need you to do that” to George Zimmerman at 2:28 seconds in. We continue to hear wind blow from running or speed walking until 2:52 in the call. The approximate location of each individual at 2:52 is noted.
Based on the wind-stop in the call, we can note that an average run time for both individuals, would leave George Zimmerman at 258.4 feet from starting location. We can also not that this would leave Trayvon Martin at 312.8 feet from starting location, counting the 54.4 foot head start. Please take note that both locations are beyond the distance from where the shooting took place.
We do not know what happened following this time in the call. George Zimmerman could be walking slowly, or not moving at all. The wind stops in the call, but, from his voice, you can still sense movement.
Now, at 2:52 into the call to 911 from George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin is approximately 312.8 feet away from the location estimated to be the running start. The starting location is 264 feet from the starting location. This would demonstrate that Trayvon Martin has 173.2 feet to go until he safely reaches his home. For my calculations, I rounded this number to 200 feet. So, considering the average time it takes a person to run or walk this distance, I concluded that Trayvon was a 29.4 second run from his home, or a 45.45 second walk from his home.
From creating this map, and using the averages for time to cover distance, and starting location, we can take note of two things. The 7 second head start Trayvon had would lead him an average of 54.4 feet ahead of George Zimmerman. We can also note that both individuals passed the location where the crime took place.
So the question becomes: how did both individuals end up at this location?
What we can pretty much all agree on, is that if George Zimmerman never got out of his vehicle, this would be an entirely different story. This act of leaving the vehicle is not an illegal act, but it is clearly against the policy of the Neighborhood Watch Program.