It's the most compelling evidence yet in the Trayvon Martin case – a new video released by George Zimmerman's attorneys today shows Zimmerman re-enacting his encounter and subsequent fight with Trayvon for police officers the day after the shooting.
Additionally, the defense team released audio of police interviews with Zimmerman from the week after the incident. Together they paint an almost-complete picture of Zimmerman's account of the events, but some experts are digging deeper into inconsistencies that have emerged between these and later interviews and statements.
OutFront tonight: Natalie Jackson, an attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin, and CNN legal analyst Mark NeJame.
You need to be careful that what you report is accurate. Erin, you said that Zimmerman was told to stay in the car. If you're referring to the same video that you showed during your program nowhere does the dispatcher say the words, "Stay in the car." It was clear that video the dispatcher was asking where the man was going and Zimmerman was already out of the car following him trying to give directions to the dispatcher. Secondly the dispatcher said "We don't need you to do that” when speaking about following him. Has anyone ever told you that they don't "need" you to do something and you did it anyway thinking you were being helpful? If you're being honest with yourself you'd have to say yes. It is hard to believe that a jury would find him guilty when you look at the facts, (although crazier things have happened, look at the OJ Simpson trial). Zimmerman's head is bandaged both on the front and the back which is consistent with his description of how he was attacked. The burden of proof in this case is "beyond a reasonable doubt." I'm a retired law enforcement officer and I've got tell you there's more than a reasonable doubt here. The fact that the police officers didn't arrest him after completing an investigation should be a big clue that they had more than a reasonable doubt. While I hope not, I'm afraid that this may sadly be more of a politically and racially motivated case where Mr Zimmerman may be the victim in more ways than one. Yes Mr Zimmerman contributed to this chain of events but the proof of murder I think should be impossible to prove. I feel very sad for the man who lost his life and the pain that his family and friends have to endure. This was certainly a tragic chain of events that did not have to occur had Zimmerman used better judgement. For that he could be found guilty, but murder? Probably a tough one to prove.
I can't imagine this ever happening to me I guess thats why I can't relate to the significance the act of killing someone would or could have on me for life. I just can't imagine doing the act while everyone has there limits I could act out a situation I think I would be capable doing that act. While hopefully no one would ever be in any situation where there on life would depend on taking someone elses the act is just impossible to understand. I think God will judge us all and if we are worthy of his continued love he will not abandon us. This reinactment while just describing the act itself it doesn't give us a understanding of the events leading up to the act.
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