George Zimmerman's defense team has released video from the night that he ...
George Zimmerman's defense team has released video from the night that he killed Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman's lawyer, Mike O'Maraunveiled the footage as a response to evidence released by the prosecution, which has damaged his client's credibility.
The recording, taken not long after the 28-year-old killed the unarmed teen, finds Zimmerman explaining what drove him to shoot Martin. According to Zimmerman, the high school student jumped out of the bushes and launched into a physical attack. "I started screaming for help. I couldn't see. I couldn't breathe," he explained.
"He grabbed my head and started hitting it into the sidewalk. When he started doing that, I slid into the grass to try to get out from under him. ... I'm still yelling for help." He goes on to state that the 17-year-old told him that he was going to die, leaving him no choice but to pull his gun out. However, when Zimmerman fired, he alleges to have not known he hit the teen, but "thought that he [Martin] heard the shot and he was giving up."
Throughout his recorded statement, Zimmerman repeatedly paints Martin as the instigator of the altercation, who beat him repeatedly without any motivation. He also said that he had never seen Martin in the neighborhood and became suspicious because he thought it was odd that he was "just walking casually, not like he was trying to get out of the rain."
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