Florida police were suspicious of George Zimmerman’s account of what took place, the night that he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. More documents, released by the prosecution Tuesday (June 25) revealed that authorities found the 28-year-old’s words “inconsistent” with his actions.
After the shooting, Zimmerman was taken to a nearby police station, in which he told authorities that he was fearful of Martin, and pulled his gun out in an act of self-defense. Zimmerman said that he first pursued the teenager by car, called a non-emergency line to report him, lost sight of him, then confronted him on foot.
Zimmerman passed a lie detector test, but authorities concluded that his actions were unwarranted. “Investigative findings show that Zimmerman admitted avoiding a confrontation with Martin while Zimmerman was observing Martin from his vehicle, because, as he told investigators, was afraid of Martin,” wrote Det. Chris Serino. “Later in the encounter, Zimmerman exited his vehicle, in spite of his earlier admission to investigators that he was afraid of Martin, and followed Martin in an effort to maintain surveillance of him while Zimmerman awaited the arrival of law enforcement officers. His actions are inconsistent with those of a person who has stated he was in fear of another subject.
“Investigative findings show that George Michael Zimmerman had at least two opportunities to speak with Trayvon Benjamin Martin in order to defuse the circumstances surrounding their encounter. On at least two occasions, George Martin Zimmerman failed to identify himself as a concerned resident or a neighborhood watch member to Trayvon Benjamin Martin. Investigative findings show the physical dimension of Trayvon Benjamin Martin, and that of George Michael Zimmerman, coupled with the absence of any specialized training in hand to hand combat between either combatant, did not place George Michael Zimmerman in an extraordinary or exceptional disadvantage of apparent physical ability or defensive capacity.”
The former neighborhood watch captain stated that Martin asked him “What’s your problem?” to which he responded “I don’t have a problem.” From there, Zimmerman alleges that after reaching in his pocket to retrieve his cell phone, Martin said “You have one now,” then beat him so viciously, that he almost lost consciousness.
Prosecutors also released the full two-hour video of Zimmerman’s interview with police, following the shooting. He is scheduled to appear in court Friday (June 29) where his lawyer will plead for his release.
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