Skip to comments.George Zimmerman Trial: Trayvon Martin "viciously attacked" former neighborhood watch volunteer
Posted on 06/25/2013 2:26:55 PM PDT by SeekAndFindEdited on 06/25/2013 3:31:16 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
In opening statements Monday, defense attorneys portrayed murder suspect George Zimmerman as a citizen looking out for his neighborhood when he was confronted and attacked by Trayvon Martin, a stark contrast to prosecutors' picture of a vigilante who profiled the Forida teen.
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Investigative Reporter Jack Cashill reports:
Trayvon Martin had been staying with his father’s girlfriend, Brandy Green, who rented one of the units. Martin had gone to a neighborhood 7-11 that evening and left the store at 6:29. Zimmerman spotted him near a shortcut entrance to the Retreat about 7:05. The 7-11 is about a 10-minute walk from that spot. Do the math.
At 7:09:34, after spotting Martin, Zimmerman called the non-emergency number the SPD had given him. He described “a male approximately 5’ 11” to 6’ 2” casually walking in the rain and looking into homes.”
SPD: Sanford Police Department, (garbled) recording, this is Shawn.
GZ: Hey, we’ve had some break-ins in my neighborhood and there’s a real suspicious guy, uh [near] Retreat View Circle. The best address I can give you is 111 Retreat View Circle. This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about. [00:25]
SPD: Okay, and this guy, is he white, black, or Hispanic?
GZ: He looks black.
SPD: Did you see what he was wearing?
GZ: Yeah, a dark hoodie, like a gray hoodie, and either
jeans or sweat pants and white tennis shoes. He’s here now. He’s just staring. [00:43]
SPD: Okay, he’s just walking around the area...
GZ: ...looking at all the houses.
GZ: Now he’s staring at me. [00:48]
SPD: Okay, you said that’s 1111 Retreat View or 111?
GZ: That’s the clubhouse.
SPD: That’s the clubhouse. Do you know what the...he’s near the clubhouse right now?
GZ: Yeah, now he’s coming toward me.
GZ: He’s got his hands in his waistband. And he’s a black male. [1:09]
SPD: How old would you say he looks?
GZ: He’s got a button on his shirt, late teens.
SPD: Late teens, okay.
GZ: Uh, huh. Something’s wrong with him. Yep, he’s coming to check me out. He’s got something in his hands. I don’t know what his deal is. [01:26]
SPD: Let me know if he does anything, okay?
GZ: (anxiously) See if you can get an officer over here.
SPD: Yeah, we’ve got someone on the way. Just let me know if this guy does anything else.
GZ: Okay. These a**holes. They always get away.
At this point, it sounds as if Zimmerman is getting out of the truck, but not yet moving.
GZ: When you come to the clubhouse, you come straight in and you go left. Actually, you would go past the clubhouse. [1:53]
SPD: Okay, so it’s on the left hand side from the clubhouse?
GZ: Nah, you go in straight through the entrance and then you would go left. You go straight in, don’t turn, and make a left. Sh**, he’s running. [2:08]
Trayvon Martin headed east along an east-west sidewalk cut-through between the two streets, Twin Trees, where Zimmerman was parked, and Retreat View. He then turned south on a sidewalk that intersects the cut-through and runs between the backs of the buildings on either street. The townhouse where he had been staying was less than 400 feet down that sidewalk.
SPD: He’s running? Which way is he running?
GZ: Down toward the other entrance of the neighborhood. [2:14]
SPD: OK, which entrance is that he’s headed towards?
Zimmerman could see the direction Martin took but could no longer “maintain a visual” from the truck. Ambient wind sounds suggest he started walking swiftly, likely in the same direction Martin was running.
GZ: The back entrance. It’s f***ing cold (garbled, much disputed).
The dispatcher obviously heard the wind sounds.
SPD: Are you following him? [2:24]
SPD: Okay. We don’t need you to do that. [2:26]
SPD: All right, sir, what is your name? [2:34]
GZ: George. He ran.
At this point, Zimmerman’s breathing relaxed, and the sound of wind abated.
SPD: All right, George, what’s your last name?
SPD: And George, what’s the phone number you’re calling from?
SPD: All right, George, we do have them on the way. Do you want to meet with the officer when they get out there?
SPD: All right, where are you going to meet with them at?
GZ: Um, if they come in through the gate, tell them to go straight past the clubhouse and, uh, straight past the clubhouse and make a left and then they go past the mailboxes they’ll see my truck. [3:10]
SPD: All right, what address are you parked in front of? [3:21]
GZ: Um, I don’t know. It’s a cut-through so I don’t know the address. [3:25]
SPD: Okay, do you live in the area?
GZ: Yeah, yeah, I live here.
SPD: Okay, what’s your apartment number?
GZ: It’s a home. It’s 1950 — oh, crap, I don’t want to give it out — I don’t know where this kid is (inaudible). [3:40]
SPD: Okay, do you just want to meet with them at the mailboxes, then? [3:42]
GZ: Yeah, that’s fine. [3:43]
SPD: All right, George, I’ll let them know you’ll meet them at...
GZ: Could you have them call me and I’ll tell them where I’m at? [3:51]
SPD: Okay, that’s no problem.
GZ: My number...you’ve got it?
SPD: Yeah, I’ve got it. 407-435-2400?
GZ: Yeah, you got it.
SPD: Okay, no problem. I’ll let them know to call you when they’re in the area. [4:02]
SPD: You’re welcome.
The call ended four minutes and change after it started at 7:13:39. Zimmerman picked up the written narrative: “The dispatcher told me not to follow the suspect & that an officer was on the way. As I headed back to my vehicle the suspect emerged from the darkness and said, ‘You got a problem?’” When Zimmerman answered “No,” the suspect said, “You do now.”
As I looked and tried to find my phone to dial 911 the suspect punched me in the face. I fell backwards onto my back. The suspect got on top of me. I yelled “Help” several times. The suspect told me, “Shut the f*** up.” As I tried to sit upright, the suspect grabbed my head and slammed it into the concrete sidewalk several times. I continued to yell “Help.” Each time I attempted to sit up, the suspect slammed my head into the sidewalk. My head felt like it was going to explode. I tried to slide out from under the suspect and continue to yell “Help.”
Heard in the background of the 911 call from Witness #11 was a man desperately yelling “help” over and over again for about forty-two seconds. The call started at 7:16:11, about two and a half minutes after Zimmerman ended his call with SPD.
As I slid the suspect covered my mouth and nose and stopped my breathing. At this point I felt the suspect reach for my now exposed firearm and say, “Your [sic] gonna die tonight Mother F***er.” I unholstered my firearm in fear for my life as he had assured me he was going to kill me and I fired one shot into his torso. The suspect sat back allowing me to sit up and said “You got me.”
The screams ended abruptly with a single gunshot at 7:16:59. Zimmerman’s narrative continues.
At this point I slid out from underneath him and got on top of the suspect holding his hands away from his body. An onlooker appeared and asked me if I was ok. I said “No.” He said “I am calling 911.” I said “I don’t need you to call 911. I already called them. I need you to help me restrain this guy.” At this point a SPD officer arrived and asked “Who shot him.” I said I did and placed my hands on top of my head and told the officer where on my persons (sic) my firearm was holstered. The officer handcuffed me and disarmed me. The officer then placed me in the pack of his vehicle.
Zimmerman’s own account ended here. Officer Timothy Smith arrived less than a minute after the shooting at 7:17:40 p.m. and reported finding Zimmerman standing near Martin, who was lying face down in the grass about 40 or so feet south of the intersection between the east-west cut through and the north-south walkway, roughly 100 yards from Green’s townhouse. Smith noted that Zimmerman’s back was wet and covered with grass and that he was bleeding from the nose and the back of his head.
As Smith would tell the State Attorney’s Office, Zimmerman volunteered that he had shot Martin. “I was yelling for help but no one would help me,” he told Smith and complained that his head was hurting. The officer handcuffed Zimmerman “for safety reasons.” Officer Jordan Broderick arrived shortly afterwards and saw “that the back of Zimmerman’s head was cut and he was bloodied.”
Officer Jonathan Mead also saw Zimmerman in custody and “noted his injured nose and bleeding head.” As Mead told the state attorney’s office in April 2012, he had “dealt with Zimmerman before at the complex when Zimmerman had found open doors and houses. Zimmerman had reported suspicious persons that he had lost sight of when they (the suspicious person) went around a building. Zimmerman had been on foot when [he] met him on prior occasions.”
Verifies ALL physical evidence.
But the prosecution still has an ace in the hole...the press is predicting (or calling for) nationwide riots if he's acquitted.
Is this normal in Florida? I've heard of six member juries for little cases involving petty larceny or low value lawsuit type charges. But not felony second degree murder.
This should never have gone to trial and certainly not for a murder 2.
Did you hear that legal analyst say that the defense is in big trouble if they fail in their attempt to discredit her? Looked like a Perry Mason moment to me.
I’ve never read the transcript of the call to police. Wow, how can the prosecutors sleep at night? It seems so clear cut a case of self defense.
They have a right to mourn. They don't have a right to suppress evidence of Trayvon's violent and thugish past. In the court of public opinion, he was paraded about as an innocent 13 year old boy. Things sound a bit more complicated than that.
Their "feelings" are that this man on trial is a murderer who acted in violation of the law. They don't have a right to feel that way. If they do, those feelings are going to have to change when they don't get the outcome they seek.
Exactly what I've thought.What's the maximum for Murder 2 in FL? I wouldn't be surprised if it was life.Death for Murder 1,life for Murder 2.Even if it's 20 years that's still major.I wonder if that's ever been challenged in the Federal courts.
If the jury is anywhere near as racist as the OJ jurors, Z is all but dead.
What point exactly was that witness for the prosecution making that was adverse to GZ?
I missed that part.
I didn’t miss where she signed the Change.org petition.
How close was Martin’s body to Zimmerman’s truck?
They should grieve. Judging by the results, they were p!ss-poor parents.
The lacerations prove the point.
I believe inciting is the correct term.
The commie fascist propaganda machine posing as our media did the same with the Rodney King case. They deliberately incited a riot by only showing the edited tape of career criminal King justly getting his ass kicked by the cops. They purposely did not show King charging the cops time and time again, even after being tased twice, and even pulling his pants down and telling the cops to kiss his ass. And was anybody in the commie fascist propaganda machine prosecuted for the multi-millions in damages for the riot THEY caused? No, just as I will predict they will get away with it this time as well.