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July 13th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

Martin attorney: Evidence 'distractions'

New evidence Thursday in the 2nd degree murder case against Florida neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, including never before seen photos of the hoodie and t-shirt worn by 17 year-old Trayvon Martin the night he was killed.

The state also released hundreds of pages of FBI interviews in which Zimmerman is described as "overzealous" with a "little hero complex" but not motivated by racial tendencies.

Benjamin Crump is an attorney for Trayvon Martin's family and Paul Callan is a criminal defense attorney and CNN contributor.

Witnesses tell FBI that George Zimmerman is no racist

George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, had a "little hero complex" but was not a racist, a Sanford, Florida, homicide investigator told federal agents, according to reports released Thursday.

In an interview with FBI agents in March, investigator Chris Serino told authorities he "believed that Zimmerman's actions were not based on Martin's skin color, rather based on his attire, the total circumstances of the encounter and the previous burglary suspects in the community," according to an FBI report.

The reports and other information in the case against Zimmerman were released Thursday by Special Prosecutor Angela Corey to Zimmerman's attorney.

The U.S. Department of Justice took up a civil rights investigation after allegations that race played a part in the killing of Martin, 17, in February in a gated community in Sanford, Florida. The reports released Thursday do not draw conclusions in that investigation.

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  1. Andrew

    thanks for following this story or continuing coverage of it.
    been waiting to see a report from the FBI to show up.

    July 13, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Reply

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