George Zimmerman, who is charged with murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, had a fracture in his nose, two black eyes and cuts on the back of his head, according to a medical report compiled at the request of Zimmerman’s family.
The three page report, obtained by ABC News, is part of a large volume of documents of evidence surrounding the high-profile case released on Tuesday. Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer, has claimed that he was defending himself against the high schooler from Miami and that he was attacked, pummeled and had his head bashed into the pavement during a skirmish at the gated community Trayvon Martin was visiting.
The documents also include Martin’s autopsy report, which shows that the teen had broken skin on his knuckles — indicating some sort of altercation between the two, according to Orlando station WFTV. They also contain 67 compact discs worth of information, video of Martin on the night of the shooting, and of Zimmerman being questioned by police.
Zimmerman, who has claimed he was in a fight for his life, declined hospitalization and did not seek medical treatment until the next morning from a general physician at a family practice near Sanford, Fla., the report says. It also says Zimmerman wanted an appointment to be legally cleared to return to his job. He also turned down his doctor’s advice to get another appointment with an ear, nose and throat doctor.
Despite the physical injuries and his claim that Martin bashed his head into the pavement, Zimmerman was not diagnosed with a concussion, the report says. But his doctor said it was “imperative” that he see a psychologist. Also before the shooting, Zimmerman was prescribed the drugs Adderall, which treats narcolepsy and ADHD; and Temazepam, which is given to insomnia patients.
The report also says that he told neighbors that he shot Martin in self-defense and that he told police that his head was being pounded on the ground, but he only shot him when he thought Martin was reaching for his gun. However special prosecutor Angela Corey and her team maintain that Zimmerman was the instigator of the conflict because he profiled him and followed him as he was returning to his father’s home after leaving a convenience store.
“The family has very strong positions about this family physician’s report that was done the next day,” Martin’s family attorney Benjamin Crump told CNN. “What we do know is on February 26, the ER personnel did not believe his injuries were significant enough for him to go to the hospital. They didn’t even put a Band-Aid on his head. That’s important.”
Meanwhile, the FBI is questioning the witnesses in the case as well, and could possibly charge Zimmerman with a hate crime, WFTV reported. Such a charge could mean more dire consequences for Zimmerman — possibly including the death penalty, if it is proven that Martin was killed because he is black.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in Martin’s death. He has entered a plea of not guilty and was released on $150,000 bond. His next court date is scheduled for August 8, where a trial date is expected to be set unless his attorney asks for a continuance.