Video of Trayvon Martin on night he was shot released
Prosecutors have released new video footage showing Trayvon Martin buying sweets and drink at a Florida convenience store minutes before George Zimmerman shot and killed him. The video was among evidence released Friday by prosecutors.
reports that State Attorney Angela B. Corey revealed to public other evidence including witness statements, autopsy reports, photos of crime scene, audio recordings of interview with witnesses and photos of Zimmerman taken soon after the shooting.
The video shows Trayvon in black hoodie, gray pants and white sneakers purchasing ice tea and Skittles. He has brief dialogue with the cashier, pays for the items and leaves the store. Minutes later he got into a fight with Zimmerman in which he was shot dead at point-blank rage. Zimmerman had called the police and reported sighting a "suspicious" black male in the neighborhood.
According to The Guardian
, Trayvon was shot in the chest once and the gunshot was heard in recordings of several 911 calls made by neighbors.
The video shows evidence of an unarmed teenager on the night of February 26. A toxicology report showed that Martin had traces of marijuana in his system. According to The Guardian
, evidence from an autopsy conducted on 27 February, the day after he was shot, showed Trayvon had traces of the drug THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient of marijuana in his blood and urine.
Medical reports confirmed that Zimmerman had bloody injuries in the head. According to Miami Herald
, pictures showed Zimmerman’s nose was swollen and bloody and that he had two cuts on the back of his head. Zimmerman declined to go to hospital although he complained of pain and light headedness. A doctor who saw him the next day said his nose was fractured. Records also showed that Zimmerman takes medication for ulcers and anxiety.
reports numerous witnesses made contradictory statements about details such as number of shots fired and which of the two was on top of the other during the fight.
According to Miami Herald
, when Trayvon’s father first listened to the 911 police tapes, he told detectives that the voice crying for help was not his son's. In a statement, Detective Christopher Serino of the Sanford police department, said he played a recording of the calls to Trayvon's father. The statement written by Serino, said: "In the background I could clearly hear a male's voice yelling either 'help' or 'help me' 14 times in an approximately 38-second time span... The voice was determined to be that of George Zimmerman, who was apparently yelling for help as he was being battered by Trayvon Martin. I asked Mr Martin if the voice calling for help was that of his son. Mr Martin, clearly emotionally impacted by the recording, quietly responded 'No.'"
reports the state attorney’s investigators had cited Trayvon’s mother saying it was her son’s voice as part of the probable cause affidavit in support of the charge against Zimmerman. Zimmerman’s father had also said it was his son crying.
According to The Guardian
, a police report reveals detectives wanted to charge Zimmerman with manslaughter even after Bill Lee, then chief of Sanford police department, had said there was insufficient evidence to charge him.
Serino wrote that the confrontation was entirely avoidable if Zimmerman had obeyed police instructions and returned to his car. According to Miami Herald
, lead detective Serino swore in a March 13 statement: “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 or conversely if he had identified himself to Martin as a concerned citizen and initiated dialog(sic) in an effort to dispel each party’s concern. There is no indication that Trayvon Martin was involved in any criminal activity at the time of the encounter.”
One of the evidence is an audio recording of an interview with a witness, a teenage girl in Miami. The girl told prosecutors she was on the phone to Martin and she heard Zimmerman approach him. According to the girl, Martin said: "Why you following me for?"
The girl whose identity has not been revealed, said: "I hear this man, like this old man, say, 'What are you doing around here?'" Then the girl said she heard a bumping sound followed by what she thought was a scuffle. The girls said: "I could hear it a little bit, 'Get off, get off,' then the phone just hung up."
reports that some of the witnesses described Zimmerman as nonchalant after the killing. According to two witnesses, Zimmerman was a bully and racist who was once fired from his job for complaining excessively about co-workers and bosses.
Zimmerman faces at least 25 years in jail if convicted.
His Lawyer Mark O'Mara, on Friday, commented on the evidence released by prosecutors: "Looking at it piecemeal is what has caused some of the problems in the past with the case. It's sort of important that we all wait until all the evidence is out. Let's deal with it all once we have it, and deal with it in the courtroom."