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What’s Happened In The Trayvon Martin Case Since You Stopped Paying Attention

What’s Happened In The Trayvon Martin Case Since You Stopped Paying Attention

Written by Judd Legum

It’s been nearly a year since George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old on his way back to his father’s townhouse. In the weeks following the shooting, the story captured the nation’s attention, culminating with Zimmerman being charged with second-degree murder last April.

But as the story has receded from the headlines, the legal case has plodded along and the trial is likely to be completed this summer. Here’s what you may have missed:

1. Zimmerman has spent over $300,000 in donations over the last year and is desperate for more funds to finance his defense. Zimmerman has “spent more than $125,000″ on living expenses — not including security — over the last year. His lawyer acknowledged that “Zimmerman’s personal spending may seem exorbitant.” Zimmerman is considering asking the court to declare him “indigent, meaning the public would have to pay for Zimmerman’s defense.” Zimmerman was also sued by a security company for unpaid bills. [Orlando Sentinel, 1/20/2013; Miami Herald, 12/27/12]

2. The trial has been set for June 10. Zimmerman recently asked for a delay of the trial until November but a judge denied his request. Zimmerman’s lawyer says it is “physically impossible for us to be prepared” for trial at that time. A separate proceeding, essentially a mini-trial, to determine whether Zimmerman is immune from prosecution due to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, is scheduled for April 22. [Orlando Sentinel, 2/5/13; Headline News, 2/13/13]

3. New forensic analysis “casts doubt on Zimmerman’s timeline on the night he shot and killed the unarmed teen.” The analysis was done by “Michael Knox, a retired Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office detective and crime scene investigator.” According to Knox, “based on the times and distances Zimmerman said he covered, Zimmerman would have still been on the phone with Sanford police when he claims he was attacked by Martin.” Knox says that other aspects of Zimmerman’s story, like the claim Martin was leaning over him at the time the shot was fired, are supported by forensic evidence. [News 4 Jacksonville, 2/10/13]

4. Zimmerman has gained 105 pounds. [Orlando Sentinel, 1/20/2013]

5. The defense team acquired Trayvon Martin’s school records. According to Zimmerman’s lawyers “some information in Trayvon Martin’s file could be relevant in the defense of George Zimmerman.” State prosecutors and the Martin family attorney opposed Zimmerman’s efforts to acquire the records arguing “because Zimmerman did not know Trayvon before the Feb. 26 shooting, the teen’s past was not a factor in the case.” [Orlando Sentinel, 1/16/13]

6. Zimmerman is suing NBC News. In the suit, Zimmerman claims NBC unfairly portrayed him as a “racist and predatory villain.” [ABC News, 12/6/12]

7. The judged denied Zimmerman’s request to be removed from GPS tracking. [Fox Orlando, 12/11/12]

8. Trayvon Martin would have turned 18 on February 5. [Huffington Post, 2/5/13]

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.

 

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4:42PM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

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Autopsy Report does not state that Trayvon had any: blood, dirt, mud, defensive, or offensive wounds on his: hands, knuckles, palms, wrists, fingers or thumbs -- which dispels Zimmerman's claim that Trayvon punched him in the nose 25-30 times, covered his nose and mouth while at the same slamming his head into the sidewalk over a dozen times.

I have no idea how Zimmerman got two small cuts, with "minor bleeding" on the back of his head, nor do I know how Zimmerman got two bleeding pinholes on the tip of his nose. I do not even know "why" Zimmerman "thought" he needed to avoid shooting his own left hand - which was allegedly used to pull Martin's hand off Zimmerman's nose -- when he allegedly pulled his weapon from his right hip, and from his right hip shot and killed Trayvon Martin through the heart.

But I do know that the DNA report and Autopsy Report do not support Zimmerman's claim that Trayvon caused Zimmerman's injuries.






And this site is of great interest in trying to sort out Zimmerman's many lies and what really happened that night.

http://bcclist.com/2012/06/22/george-zimmerman-video-reenactment-lies-and-interview-discrepancies/

Posted on June 22, 2012 by "No Longer Mass Emailing"

George Zimmerman Video Reenactment Lies and Interview Discrepancies

For some odd reason, Zimmerman’s defense released all this info…
http://gzlegalcase.com/index.php/press-releases/30-george-zimmerman-s-statements
I’m guessing

4:41PM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

This is an excellent site making documented points, also showing photographs of Zimmerman's head which demonstrate that the two bleeding pinholes at the end of Zimmerman's nose (which was not otherwise bleeding) and the two small cuts in Zimmerman's scalp, were obviously bleeding ONLY while Zimmerman was bending forward, not on his back being beaten half to death in a manner somehow doing no serious injury.

Main conclusions are given below:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/06/09/1214336/-DNA-Report-does-NOT-support-Zimmerman-s-claim-that-Trayvon-Martin-caused-his-injuries

Sun Jun 09, 2013
DNA Report does NOT support Zimmerman's claim that Trayvon Martin caused his injuries

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... TRAYVON MARTIN'S DNA & AUTOPSY REPORT:
The DNA report shows that none of Zimmerman's DNA is under Trayvon Martin's fingernails which dispels Zimmerman's claim that Trayvon grabbed his head with a tight enough grip to slam his head in the sidewalk over a dozen times.

DNA report shows none of Zimmerman's DNA on the cuff/sleeve of Trayvon's hoodie or long sleeve shirt which underscores none of Zimmerman's blood was splattering onto Martin's cuff/sleeves during Zimmerman's allegation that Trayvon punched him in the nose 25-30 times.

Autopsy Report does not state that Trayvon had any: blood, dirt, mud, defensive, or offensive wounds on his: hands, knuckles, palms, wrists, fingers or thumbs -- which dispels Zimmerman's claim that Trayvon punched him in the nose 25-30 times

1:09PM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

I support STAND YOUR GROUND! We need to stop backing down to THUGS!!! I would be ASHAMED if I was Trayvon's parents. Embarassed of the actions he took. The evidence is clear. Even the police on the scene would not arrest him due to lack of evidence. The Prosecutor should stop backing down to angry mobs and and support the officers on the ground! If Trayvon was White and Zimmerman was White, would you feel the same way? If so, then you are a racist.

7:47AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

That poor child. I find the title of this article to be insulting. Many of us were deeply touched by the tragedy of that young man and his family. Our prayers are STILL with them.

2:45PM PST on Feb 23, 2013

So sad. That kid was killed for nothing.All because this guy thought he was something he wasn't.

2:34PM PST on Feb 23, 2013

Thanks.

12:01AM PST on Feb 23, 2013

Thanks.

11:18PM PST on Feb 22, 2013

The castle doctrine and stand your ground are too easily abused and are an invitation for wanton killing.

7:54PM PST on Feb 22, 2013

The problem with the "Stand Your Ground" law is that only the survivor gets to use it. I can kill my wife and claim she was coming at me with a knife.....and I'm off scott-free. There's only one side to the story after all. I appreciate what the report says and I agree:

“All persons who are conducting themselves in a lawful manner have a fundamental right to stand their ground and defend themselves from attack with proportionate force in every place they have a lawful right to be,” the report reads.

Now some people choose to believe Zimmerman when he says he was attacked by Trayvon, but it's already been widely agreed upon that this isn't the case. Zimmerman approached Trayvon leaving Trayvon as the one who should be claiming the right to stand his ground. But when he defended himself against....and got the better of....a man with a concealed weapon, he was shot and killed. Zimmerman has been lying to cover up this fact. It will come out in the trial.

1:10PM PST on Feb 22, 2013

Hot of the presses!

The Florida Stand Your Ground Task Force today has put out its final report, "largely voicing its support for the law. The task force made a handful of recommendations for the Legislature, but began the report by stating that, at its core, the self-defense law is fine as it is."

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/stand-your-ground-task-force-supports-law-as-it-is/2106342?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+tampabaycom%2Fblogs%2Fbuzz+%28The+Buzz+|+tampabay.com%29

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