Skip to comments.George Zimmerman court affidavit: 'Zimmerman confronted Martin'
Posted on 04/12/2012 12:11:40 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer arrested yesterday in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, faced a judge for the first time this afternoon.
Meanwhile, a probable cause affidavit has been filed in the second-degree murder case. In the two-page document, prosecutors offer little new information about the shooting.
However, they said in the affidavit that "Zimmerman confronted Martin," an apparent contradiction of Zimmerman's version of the events that led to the shooting.
The document says Trayvon's mother identified the screams for help heard in a 911 call as those of her son. It also reveals that investigators interviewed a "friend" of Trayvon's who was talking to him in the leadup to the shooting.
Based on the description, it appears the friend was the girl described by Martin family attorneys as his girlfriend.
"During this time, Martin was on the phone with a friend and described to her what was happening," the affidavit said. "The witness advised that Martin was scared because he was being followed through the complex by an unknown male and didn't know why."
Martin tried to run home, the affidavit says, but was followed by Zimmerman. "Zimmerman got out of his vehicle and followed Martin."
The affidavit goes on to say that "Zimmerman disregarded the police dispatcher" who told him to stop, and "continued to follow Martin who was trying to return to his home."
Zimmerman, the affidavit says, "confronted Martin and a struggle ensued."
According to the affidavit: "Trayvon Martin's mother has reviewed the 911 calls and identified the voice crying for help as Trayvon Martin's. Zimmerman shot Martin in the chest."
Zimmerman's first appearance began just after 1:30 p.m. He faces a second-degree murder charge in the Feb. 26 shooting, which sparked international outcry.
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“However, they said in the affidavit that “Zimmerman confronted Martin,” an apparent contradiction of Zimmerman’s version of the events that led to the shooting.”
Well, that puts to bed the notion that Castle Doctrine will be on trial. Or at least it makes people look silly who condemn it.
Wow. The biased tone of this article is deafening.
“”During this time, Martin was on the phone with a friend and described to her what was happening,” the affidavit said. “The witness advised that Martin was scared because he was being followed through the complex by an unknown male and didn’t know why.””
Trayon’s girlfriend cannot be considered a reliable witness as she was involved with Martin.
And there is not truth to the accusation that Zimmerman confronted Martin and that is in conflict with what Capt. Zimmerman’s father has stated.
So the prosecutor took the word of the mother that it was Trayvon screaming for help as opposed to Zimmerman’s father and witness who said it was Zimmerman looking for help. She also seems to put a lot of credibility to the “friend” who was on the phone with Trayvon. No mention why he didn’t just go home if he was so scared.
The affidavit isn't fact.
It’s hard to see much interest in the truth, in this affidavit.
If her story isn’t true, then Zimmerman’s defense lawyer will walk her back & forth over her testimony until it unravels.
This thing already reeks of prosecutorial misconduct.
and the railroading of George Zimmerman begins.
After Zimmerman exited, O'Mara asked the judge to seal documents in the court file containing other information -- including witness statements and information.Wasn't the affidavit -- which presumably presents the prosecution's best possible case -- one of the sealed documents?
"I am seeking on my clients behalf... that we do a complete sealing of that record," O'Mara said, adding that the sealing would be temporary. The judge agreed.
What would they expect his mother to say?
“According to the affidavit: “Trayvon Martin’s mother has reviewed the 911 calls and identified the voice crying for help as Trayvon Martin’s. . . .”
This is not proof. Of course she would say this, it proves her case and brings in the money.
Praying for Zimmerman and his family.
martin said that zimmerman was going to die. martin didnt walk on the sidewalk to home, he was in sideyards etc. What do the drug tests say of martin? Two eyewitnesses [not on phone] said zimmerman was on bottom during fight.
So, the investigator took the word of Trayvon’s mother over the word of Zimmerman’s father. Okay, but wait, there is also an eyewitness to the struggle and the screams for help who definitively identify the one crying for help as being Zimmerman.
What about that wintess? what about that identification? which is much more credible than either of the others because he was there (they were not) and he is unrelated to either individual (they are)?
This sounds like a cave by the investigator to me.
They are going to have to have more credible evidence than this, much more damning to overcome Zimmerman’s story as coroberated by the witness and the physical evidence we know about...Zimmerman’s broken nose, Zimmerman’s cuts on the back of his head, and Zimmerman’s grass stains on the back of his clothes.
Now that they say Trayvon was shot in the chest, that also lends credence to Zimmerman’s story, particularly if it is a close range shot.
we now know Trayvon was not shot in the back.
Just my thoughts.
As I said on another thread here about this event: This all has a “Bonfire of the Vanities” feel about it.
There is a site called Wagist...I have no idea who these people are.
But, they put together a timeline and maps...and showed that Martin had more than enough time to go home, instead of face Zimmerman.
It just makes sense, really. Zimmerman is following Martin...what, did he outrun him? Of course not - Martin confronted Zimmerman.
Don't count on it. Remember....the left never lets good tragedy go to waste.
By that criteria Zimmerman and his father certainly can’t be considered reliable witnesses.