Media reports have been focused on the news that traces of THC were found in Trayvon Martin’s system, but the fact that George Zimmerman was on drugs on the night of the shooting seems to have slipped through the cracks. A paramedic report states that, the 28-year-old was under the influence of the prescription drug Temazepam, or Restoril, used to treat insomnia and anxiety. Side effects of the drug include hallucinations and aggressiveness, according to News One.
These new findings are among the extensive amounts of evidence that prosecutors are using to build their case against Zimmerman. More than 150 documents, combed through by special prosecutor Angela Corey, before bringing second-degree murder charges against him, have been made public in the last week. Zimmerman’s attorney, Mike O’Mara was also given copies of the evidence to help in his defense case.
Perhaps most damning of the mounds of evidence is a police report faulting Zimmerman for Martin’s death, calling the incident “avoidable,” and stating that he should have been charged with manslaughter for the shooting.
Footage of Martin purchasing items from a nearby 7-eleven on the night of his death was also released.
While witness accounts offer conflicting stories as to who was the aggressor in the altercation, police also noted that the unarmed 17-year-old was simply on his way home. “Investigation reveals that Martin was in fact running generally in the direction of where he was staying as a guest in the neighborhood,” said the report.
Following the shooting, Zimmerman was taken down to a local police station but let go after it was determined that he was not at fault for the shooting. One month later he was charged with second-degree murder, and will go to trial later this year.
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