With the start of George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trail drawing near, prosecutors unveiled another batch of evidence Wednesday (Sept. 19). The new evidence—featuring over 200 photos, and a DNA report— follows a truckload of other documents, which have been revealed over the last several months. Eight of the photos included were taken by an investigator hired by Martin's family.
DNA testing done on the gun Zimmerman used to shoot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, concluded that multiple handlers touched the weapon. Martin was revealed to have not actually put his hands on the gun, although Zimmerman maintains that he thought the teen was reaching for the weapon.
According to the 28-year-old, the high school student was on top of him and bashed his head into the concrete, leaving him no choice but use the firearm. The new findings may poke holes in the former neighborhood watch captains' self-defense claim.
However, one witness diagram showing stick figures and the words “black shirt top” and “red shirt bottom” suggests that Martin was on top of Zimmerman, who was wearing a red jacket.
The 7-Eleven clerk who rang Martin up for the ice tea and bag of skittles he was carrying before the run-in with Zimmerman was also interviewed, and initially had no recollection of seeing the teen. “To be honest, I don't even remember that day,” said the clerk, whose name was removed from the report.
In August, Zimmerman was seeking to have his case dismissed by requesting a “stand your ground hearing,” he also fought to have the judge on his case removed, and won the battle. An appeals court made Judge Kenneth Lester step down from the case late last month, he has been replaced with Judge Debra S. Nelson.
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