Lawyers release photo of George Zimmerman’s bloodied face
George Zimmerman’s defense team released a new high-quality color photo of Zimmerman’s bloody nose and face, taken shortly after he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The new photo is part of a batch of new evidence posted by Zimmerman’s defense team led by attorney Mark O’Mara on the defense’s website GZlegalcase.com. A low quality black-and-white version of the same photo was released in May in a batch of previously unseen photos, but O’Mara said the defense team received the high resolution photo Oct. 29. The newly released color photo shows vividly the damage done to Zimmerman’s face and provides a reminder of the deadly struggle that took place February 26 on the streets of Sanford, Fla.
In the photo Zimmerman is sitting in the back of a Sanford police cruiser.
The defense team also posted on their blog a motion asking Circuit Judge Debra Nelson for permission to depose a police witness, Investigator William Erwin, for a second time after learning that Erwin was present when police played a 911 call from a neighbor made on the night of the shooting to Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy Martin. His father reportedly said that a voice heard crying on the 911 call was not his son.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of the unarmed African-American teen. Authorities believe the 29-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer profiled and pursued Martin who instead of a weapon was found to be carrying only a bag of skittles.
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty and claims that the shooting was self-defense under Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law.
Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial
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