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June 26th, 2012
08:14 PM ET

More evidence in Trayvon Martin case released by prosecutors

Florida prosecutors released new evidence today in the Trayvon Martin case that highlight several inconsistencies in George Zimmerman's account of the events that lead to him shooting the unarmed teen.

A detective who interviewed Zimmerman that night filed a report noting that while Zimmerman told police he was afraid of Trayvon Martin and wanted to avoid a confrontation, prompting his original 911 call before the incident, he voluntarily exited his vehicle and tried to pursue the unarmed teen.

Additionally, the report found that Zimmerman could have defused the situation somewhat if he initially identified himself as member of the Neighborhood Watch, and could have avoided it entirely had he stayed in his car like the 911 dispatcher requested at the time. Still, the detective didn't find enough evidence against Zimmerman to charge him that night, prompting his release.

Zimmerman, who is charged with second degree murder, maintains he shot Trayvon Martin in self defense during a physical altercation. OutFront to discuss are Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Trayvon Martin's family and CNN legal analyst Mark NeJame.


Filed under: Crime • News
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. King

    What's so hard about NOT GETTING OUT OF YOUR CAR WHEN 911 TELLS YOU NOT TO?!! It is as simple as he should have kept his butt in that vehicle and waited for the real police to show up. This guy, I do not believe he was racist....just stupid.. I'm black and I really hate it when something happens like this, race is thrown out there and Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson make a miraculous appearance and cause more drama. But the simple fact is that Zimmerman got himself in that situation. And Stand your ground does not apply when YOU innitate the response.

    June 29, 2012 at 11:00 am | Reply
  2. 2tor

    New information? This is old news, how silly.

    June 28, 2012 at 8:26 am | Reply
  3. art

    Damn if only Travon had stood his ground,that poor unarmed kid who had every right to be there might still be alive . I can only hope now that Zimmerman and his fat lying wife both do time.

    June 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  4. Jeff

    I find it amusing how the prosecutors keep doubting the seriousness of the injuries to Zimmerman due to him not going to a hospital right away. So, you’re supposed to wait till your unconscious or incapacitated before making the determination that your life may be in danger? Pfffftttt. Hostile intent is hostile intent. All these accusations about “racial profiling” are nothing more than red herring fallacies. If I am being attacked and feel that it could escalate to a point where my life could be extinguished, sorry but I’m not waiting until I am incapable of not defending myself. I would have done exactly as Mr. Zimmerman. The young kid was somewhere he wasn’t supposed to be, already had a mischievous background and drugs in his system. It is unfortunate that he passed and it’s too bad.

    June 27, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • New Gawker

      Wouldn't you do the same if you had no real evidence to support politically motivated charges?

      June 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Reply
    • tommytee

      You are missing the point here and I believe you need to rethink your argument. The assailant did evrything wrong that night and the victim did nothing wrong. We all believe in the right for a person to defend themselve againts any type of aggression, however in the case of Mr. Zimmerman, he was the aggresor. Zimmerman's serious lack of judgement and common sense cost Trayvon Martin his life. This trial is nou putting self defense on trial...it is putting a dimwit on trial. No more no less.

      June 29, 2012 at 9:48 am | Reply
      • hassy

        Funny how you write so "matter of fact". Correct me if I'm wrong, but you weren't there, you have no first hand knowledge of what actually happened. So please go judge someone else and leave this one to the pros. :D

        June 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  5. jal

    As one in Law Enforcement, the release of any investigative video is wrong. A prosecutor runs the risk of prejudice of a jury pool. Here these commentators are already debating their beliefs. Once again, our society had moved to trial by media. I've seen so many cases overturned because of release of evidence causing prejudice. What this also conveys is a Prosecutor with a questionable case, thus must fall back on persuassion by media to set the stage. Many of us in the field have lost utter faith in our judicial system.

    June 26, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Reply
    • Joan

      Unfortunately, because of the past abuses of law enforement the black community has lost faith. How then do we reconcile this?

      June 27, 2012 at 11:07 am | Reply
    • Kelly

      I could not agree more! And Benjamin Crump – what the heck is this guy talking about. Every word out of this man’s mouth is pure conjecture. How are his comments news? Why is this man being given a voice? He knows nothing more about the case than many of us reading the articles and he sure as heck makes comments that seem to differ from the facts known.

      Also of course the incident was avoidable. Every instance is avoidable! Please someone educate me. Is this now law that if something is avoidable then one is guilty? Now think before you respond!

      June 27, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
    • Wastrel

      I have to agree. There's no reason or excuse to inform the public of the evidence that the prosecution will introduce in court. At best, it's political; at worst, it's an attempt to prejudice the jury pool and make a fair trial impossible.

      June 27, 2012 at 11:30 am | Reply
  6. mr. M. LEIGH WILLIAMS

    ERIN....Please don't stop asking HARD HORSESENCE QUESTIONS to the political crazies. We must solve the end of the
    year problems NOW and not kick the can ....Is it possible to reduce the Senate and House in HALF soon. Half the prelims
    won't go away. Pick 50 CEO's out of the top 500 and let them decide the best solutions. They will never act ................
    Great program you have. More CEO'sa with their solutions like STARBUCKS Howard Schultz.. We are hurting our people.
    We must make changes before the end of the year, After 12/31/12 it will get worse. Cheers to you. Leigh Williams

    June 26, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Reply

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