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George Zimmerman's friend's book offers starkly different account of Trayvon Martin's death
The Miami Herald ^ | September 21, 2012 | Frances Robles

Posted on 09/21/2012 10:41:07 AM PDT by Uncle Chip

MIAMI — Trayvon Martin grabbed his killer’s gun just moments before he died and uttered a profanity-laced threat. In a desperate life-or-death struggle, George Zimmerman clutched Trayvon’s wrist, broke his grip on the semi-automatic firearm and shot him once in the chest.

That account appears in a new book written by Zimmerman’s best friend and confidante.

There’s just one problem: Zimmerman never said that to the police.

Now the book, Defending Our Friend: The Most Hated Man in America, and author Mark Osterman’s two television interviews have landed on the prosecution evidence list, as more versions of Zimmerman’s story emerge. A man who wrote a book calling Zimmerman “the kindest and most sincere” person will wind up in court — for the prosecution, experts agree.

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Defense attorney Mark O’Mara said he had never heard about a struggle for the gun. He said he read a draft of the book before it was published, but felt asking Osterman to change details would amount to witness tampering.

>snip<

Although he questioned whether Osterman’s memory is accurate, O’Mara admitted that between Zimmerman’s various interviews to police, his father and brother’s accounts to the press and now Osterman’s, there are several versions of what happened that night, but he characterized the discrepancies as a surmountable obstacle. If everyone’s story was exactly the same, O’Mara said, then it would smack of a lie.

O’Mara said it took him 10 days to respond to the book draft after he received it, but when he got around to asking Osterman to scrap the book, the publishing contract had already been signed. O’Mara chalked it up to miscommunication, adding that Zimmerman has taken a court’s “no contact with witnesses” order to heart, and has not spoken to any state witnesses

(Excerpt) Read more at star-telegram.com ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: trayvonmartin; zimmerman

1 posted on 09/21/2012 10:41:17 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip
In Zimmerman's videotaped interrogation, he describes and acts out a situation where Martin never touched Zimmerman's gun.

Zimmerman says that Martin had one hand closing Zimmeman's nose and one over his mouth, cutting off his breath, when Zimmerman's jack and shirt shifting, exposing his gun.

Martin saw it and told Zimmerman it was his night to die.

As Martin slid one hand down Zimmerman's chest/side, Zimmerman's trapped it against his own side with his upper arm/elbow, then pulled the gun and shot Martin.

All of those "NO MARTIN DNA ON GUN'S GRIP!" headlines the other day should have said "NO MARTIN DNA ON GUN'S GRIP SUPPORTS ZIMMERMAN'S STORY!"

2 posted on 09/21/2012 10:52:00 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: Scoutmaster
Here's the video of Zimmerman's police interrogation in which he describes and demonstrates Martin's reach for Zimmerman's gun - and how he trapped Martin's hand before it reached the handgun.
3 posted on 09/21/2012 10:54:11 AM PDT by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it)
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To: Uncle Chip

MIAMI — Trayvon Martin grabbed his killer’s gun just moments before he died...

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I wish to God these clowns would stop referring to Mr. Zimmerman as a “killer”.

Are you a killer if you put down a sick or injured animal? This is inflammatory.


4 posted on 09/21/2012 10:57:48 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Scoutmaster

if Obama had a son.....


5 posted on 09/21/2012 10:58:13 AM PDT by nevermorelenore
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To: Uncle Chip

Or, the neighbor-down-the-street-who-was-awakened-by-blue-lights-just-hundreds-of-yards-from-the-scene’s ad hoc personal account of the racist trauma....If I were black, and could post it here, you all know what I’d say..... it would end with ....Please!


6 posted on 09/21/2012 11:02:21 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Responsibility2nd
Are you a killer if you put down a sick or injured animal?

Well, yes you are. One who kills is "a killer." Basic English.

Sometimes killing is necessary or justified (and sometimes it is not), but pretending it isn't killing or calling it something else doesn't change the nature of the act.

7 posted on 09/21/2012 11:09:28 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: Sherman Logan

The point is...

The left is labeling Zimmerman is a killer in an attempt to smear his character.


8 posted on 09/21/2012 11:15:07 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Correct.

However, he IS a killer. By his own admission, he killed Martin. Euphemisms won’t change that.

I don’t know exactly what happened that night. Nobody but Zimmerman knows, because he killed the only other person present. And, frankly, his recollections may not be totally accurate, due to the stress of the situation and the natural human tendency to replay events in our minds in ways that become steadily more favorable to us over time.

I think the evidence leans toward that killing being justified, but we do not and cannot KNOW what happened.


9 posted on 09/21/2012 11:36:29 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Also, you might want to reconsider comparing Mr. Martin to a sick or injured animal. Entirely the wrong analogy, as it implies mercy killing.

The better comparison for Z, if you must compare M to an animal, is one that is vicious or perhaps rabid.


10 posted on 09/21/2012 11:39:08 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: Uncle Chip

It’s clear to me, from all the evidence we have seen and heard so far, that Zimmerman killed Trevon Martin in self-defense.

I think it is pretty open and shut.

The presecutor will try and use discrepancies to question Zimmerman’s credability...but all of them are reallyt the same. Martin attacked Zimmerman, sucker punched him, goot him on the ground and beat his head against the ground, got on top of him and beat him, and all stories include some kind of account of Martin seeing the gun, going for it, telling Zimmerman he was going to die, and Zimmerman getting the gun and shooting Martin.

I pray this comes before a good Jury who will rule on the evidence and not on emotion or some attempt at social equity...whcih should not apply in any case.


11 posted on 09/21/2012 12:37:42 PM PDT by Jeff Head ( Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Uncle Chip

It’s clear to me, from all the evidence we have seen and heard so far, that Zimmerman killed Trevon Martin in self-defense.

I think it is pretty open and shut.

The presecutor will try and use discrepancies to question Zimmerman’s credability...but all of them are reallyt the same. Martin attacked Zimmerman, sucker punched him, got him on the ground and beat his head against the ground, got on top of him and beat him, and all stories include some kind of account of Martin seeing the gun, going for it, telling Zimmerman he was going to die, and Zimmerman getting the gun and shooting Martin.

I pray this comes before a good Jury who will rule on the evidence and not on emotion or some attempt at social equity...which should not apply here in any case.


12 posted on 09/21/2012 12:38:44 PM PDT by Jeff Head ( Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Sherman Logan

Then by your logic, we could call him “neighborhood defender” or “assault victim” and be just as accurate right? So why aren’t those terms used?

THAT is the question.


13 posted on 09/21/2012 12:43:45 PM PDT by ReaganÜberAlles
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To: Uncle Chip

When the story first broke, the narrative from Big Media was that Zimmerman, a white man, probably a racist, saw a small black kid walking down a street, ran up to the kid, and acting on his racist motivations, without warning, gunned Martin down. Now the defense is admitting that Martin had Zimmerman on his back and was beating him and slamming his head into the sidewalk. Zimmerman’s cranial lacerations prove that. If Zimmerman’s attorney has any brains, he’ll relate these shifting narratives to the jury. If Zimmerman can get a fair jury, he should be acquitted.


14 posted on 09/21/2012 1:01:11 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: driftless2
If Zimmerman can get a fair jury, he should be acquitted.

He may be acquitted before that unless the prosecution is able to turn over to the defense the cell phone tower pings that would prove that their star witness DeeDee actually spoke with Martin that night on their cell phones.

They are easy to get and are substantive proof of cell phone transmission.

If there are no cell tower pings for those calls, then they didn't occur and the prosecution team may find itself in a little trouble.

15 posted on 09/21/2012 1:20:06 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

Has the drug analysis of Trayvon’s autopsy been released yet?


16 posted on 09/21/2012 1:48:03 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: canuck_conservative

The prosecution says that the toxicology report was included in the autopsy but the autopsy report says that it wasn’t. The prosecution is sandbagging the exculpatory evidence including the cell phone tower pings.


17 posted on 09/21/2012 1:56:05 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

I do not understand this story. Zimmerman told the police what happened. The evidence so far backs what he told police.

Some guy writes a book that says something different from what Zimmerman told police. That story would completely exonerate Zimmerman if it were true. But it wasn’t a story Zimmerman told.

So why would this guy be a good prosecution witness? What difference would it make what some guy who didn’t see the attack says about what happened? SO far as I know, there is no law against writing a book with lies in it — if so, OBama would be in prison for his two “biographies”.


18 posted on 09/21/2012 2:15:37 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT
You're right.

As far as I know the entire book could only be presented as hearsay evidence -- which would be meaningless.

None of it was dictated or written under oath -- so of no value in a court of law.

And what he claims about the struggle for the gun is countered by the forensic evidence -- the absence of Trayvon's DNA on the handle.

19 posted on 09/21/2012 2:24:28 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip; All

What I find disturbing is that this France Robles, probably for the first time in her life, attacks a Hispanic man wrongly accused of a crime

You can bet if Zimmerman was a Criminal Illegal Alien....Robles would be going all La Raza Hispano-Racist in defending him. But, since he has a Jewish-sounding name....she is going to side with the Black Racists

George Zimmerman is innocent...the kid was attacking him when he shot. If Trayvon Martin was white...Zimmerman would be a free man right now

Oh, and I would love to be picked for that jury....


20 posted on 09/21/2012 4:26:27 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Blaming Terry Jones for the recent Muslim riots is like blaming the St Louis Rams for football)
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To: SeminoleCounty
Oh, and I would love to be picked for that jury....

Play your cards right and you just might. But if O'Mara plays his cards right you won't have to.

21 posted on 09/21/2012 4:32:37 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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Thanks Uncle Chip.


22 posted on 09/22/2012 7:35:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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