Trayvon Martin Murder Trial: George Zimmerman’s Defense Fund Is Almost Broke

In January, the defense fund had raised more than $314,000 through public donations. Now it's asking for $120,000 more.

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George Zimmerman stands in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Florida, with his attorney Mark O'Mara (R), for a pre-trial hearing April 30, 2013.

Less than two weeks before the trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin is set to begin, his defense team has announced that it is almost out of money.

On Wednesday, Zimmerman’s attorneys posted on their website that the defense fund now contains less than $5,000. In early January, the George Zimmerman Defense Fund had raised over $314,000 through an appeal on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter.

(MORE: Judge Denies Zimmerman’s Request to Delay Trial)

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in 17-year-old Martin’s February 2012 shooting. Zimmerman was the neighborhood watch coordinator for a Sanford, Florida gated community where Martin was temporarily staying. Zimmerman denies murder, claiming that Martin punched him repeatedly before he fatally shot him.

“Everyone on the defense team has made sacrifices in our fight to prove George’s innocence,” reads the message on the defense fund site, claiming that Zimmerman’s lawyers, Mark O’Mara and Don West, “have not been paid a cent” for their work and that a number of interns have been working on the case with no pay. “Meanwhile, the State of Florida has spared no expense in its prosecution of George Zimmerman,” adds the message.

(WATCH: Video Shows George Zimmerman Reenacting Fight with Trayvon Martin)

Now, the attorneys say they need another $120,000 to give Zimmerman a good defense, or a minimum of $75,000 to give him a “fighting chance.” As for where the money went, the defense’s website stated in an update posted in January that the donations were used to pay Zimmerman’s bail bond of $95,000, living expenses of $61,747.54 and security costs of $56,100. The site states that $40,647.64 went to “law firm support and infrastructure” and $35,588.07 went to “case-related expenses.”

The message says that in the last two months the defense team has received a little over $26,000 in donations – “a sizable sum, but less than half of what we needed.”

The funding problem represents the latest blow in what has been a bad week for Zimmerman’s defense team: on Tuesday, a judge ruled that they won’t be allowed to mention newly-surfaced information, obtained from Martin’s cellphone, about his alleged drug use and fighting—information that the defense team consider crucial to Zimmerman’s defense—during opening statements in the trial, notes the Associated Press.

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106 comments
azjeanie
azjeanie

I have been 'stuck' on the fact that GZ has gained SO much weight! I can't figure out why. Some say that it is due to stress. Given, but, 120 pounds! GEEZ! So, I researched and found that GZ was on Adderall and Temazepam. From what I have read the combo can cause paranoia and hallucinations. Thus, upon stopping these meds would support his weight gain. I think GZ was addicted to adderall and he was highly paranoid the night he killed Treyvon. This is in no way of a defense of GZ but yet another factor in his guilt. He killed that poor kid due to his paranoia. 

mercury
mercury

what the hell is there to debate? The police told Mr. Zimmerman not to pursue Mr. Martin but he did anyway. If Mr.Martin attacked Mr. Zimmerman it's because he was pursued and "stood his ground". He didn't approach Mr. Zimmerman, Mr. Zimmerman approached him and apparently got exactly what he was looking for. It was too much to handle so like a coward he shot the young man.

andrewb
andrewb

As I have already read someone having posted what I believe to be the 1 Million dollar question - Why is it that after the shot was heard, that the screaming for "help" ceased immediately? !

If I had been in that position, and I were Zimmerman having "feared" for my life and shot this supposed perpetrator, I would be still be yelling and in fact would change my words to "someone call an ambulance" or at the very least still continue my cries yelling for help, and yet all yelling ceased immediately after the shot.  Otherwise - how else was Zimmerman to know with certainty that he had shot Martin dead-on, and Martin wasn't simply "playing dead"? 

 I saw the evidence as posted on the internet from forensic experts and agree with both sides as to how the shot occurred.  The placement of the casing in relation to how experts state Martin was found, and where he was when first shot could explain that Zimmerman was taking a longer range shot as opposed to up-close.  And yet, that same casing could be argued that Zimmerman was on the bottom, but I would almost imagine (keeping in mind that I am an avid marksman, with law enforcement background that also includes military) that reaching for a firearm attached to the hip is very difficult when someone is on top of you.  Not impossible, but highly improbable.  But if Zimmerman was on the bottom as he claimed (and very well could have been) did he not have any blood splatter, or any blood for that matter adjacent to where he shot Martin?  At the very least, Zimmerman should have had blood on his chest directly across from where the entrance, or exit hole was almost immediately especially considering that the shot was placed near the heart where blood pumps.  There are few cases that I know of, or better yet do not know of any cases in where a subject shot does not bleed from either the entrance or exit hole near a major artery, or organ.

This is a crying shame that the land of the free still has racism 100's of years later.  

I am as white as white can be, and feel sorrow for the loss of the Martin family as I have children of my own.  

Not that I believe 100% that Zimmerman is innocent, or that Martin doubled-back to confront but let a jury of his peer's decide his fate without prejudice.  

Why was Zimmerman carrying a weapon?  I understand that he wanted to catch what he thought was a "prowler", "burglar" or whatever, but being neighborhood watch is an unarmed job that reports suspicious activity, not taking the law into one's hand.  Zimmerman I believe was in his rights to follow to better assist in helping the police, but to confront Martin is another ball game.  Playing hero works best when it is an unexpected event and has a good outcome.  When someone is trying to facilitate a good ending - that hero may become a zero.  In today's society, it is highly uncommon for a police officer to enter a building, unknowing if there are weapons or not without first having additional back-up. 

keapntouch2011
keapntouch2011

Well we will let the jury decide. George knows what happened that night. All we know now is Trayvons is not here to tell his side because of George. That's not true that we should not follow the orders of dispatchers. If not there would not be a 911. What if you had an emergency? The first thing you would do is call 911. George Zimmerman is a trigger happy coward that needs to be off the streets. Just like he took Trayvons off the streets the same should happen to him. Take it how you want.

Sumthindoesntmakesense
Sumthindoesntmakesense

The other question I have is: If George was under Travon - how did he not get Travon's blood on him? The video of George at the police station didn't have any blood on his shirt or jacket. Nor did George have the silly bandages on his head that night. AND if he thought he was being beaten to death - why did he feel good enough not to get medical attention until the next day?

Sumthindoesntmakesense
Sumthindoesntmakesense

Question I want to know is if Zimmerman was screaming in the 911 tape - why did he quit after the gun shot? That leads me to believe it was Trayvon - who could no longer scream after he was shot.

keapntouch2011
keapntouch2011

George Zimmerman if he was a real man than he would tell the truth. There were not fingerprints of trayvons on his gun. So if he lied about that & other things according to his version of the story than what else is he gonna lie about. No one wants to go to prison. He knows he wouldn't survive in there because of his situation. He knows that the lawyer knows that & his lying parents know that. So of course they are gonna make up all types of lies. He deserves to go to jail & rot in hell!!!!! He had no right to take that young mans life like that. If he's living in fear he should be. Trayvon lived in fear when he pulled that gun out on him. So whats good for the goose is good for the gander.

keapntouch2011
keapntouch2011

George Zimmerman if he was a real man than he would tell the truth. There were not fingerprints of trayvons on his gun. So if he lied about that & other things according to his version of the story than what else is he gonna lie about. No one wants to go to prison. He knows he wouldn't survive in there because of his situation. He knows that the lawyer knows that & his lying parents know that. So of course they are gonna make up all types of lies. He deserves to go to jail & rot in hell!!!!! He had no right to take that young mans life like that. If he's living in fear he should be. Trayvon lived in fear when he pulled that gun out on him. So whats good for the goose is good for the gander. He needs to be in hiding. But he has to deal with it on judgement day. That's between him & GOD when GOD asks him why did he kill his child. Why did he judge his child? Good luck George your family won't be able to lie you out of that one. You might can fool the system down here but GOD has the last say so.

keapntouch2011
keapntouch2011

Why on earth are they trying to bring up this kids texts messages, & marijuana use? George knows he was an innocent kid that was minding his own business it does not matter if he had a hoodie on or not. He was not doing anything wrong or suspicious for him to even follow him. The dispatcher told him to not follow him!!!!!!!! He chose to disobey orders. Now since he disobeyed orders he has to face the consequences. What if the shoe was on the other foot. What if that was George's son walking down the street with a hoodie on & he had the same scenario. Do he think that it would've been fair to him? How would he react? He is a poor excuse of a man. With a temper & he needs to have his temper put in check. He is not above the law. I'm a security officer & I've been put in situations, I never ever thought about shooting or killing anyone. You don't put yourself in a billy bad ass position. That's what the law is for. George needs a job behind a desk & not on the streets. After he serves his time.

keapntouch2011
keapntouch2011

Why on earth are they trying to bring up this kids texts messages, & marijuana use? George knows he was an innocent kid that was minding his own business it does not matter if he had a hoodie on or not. He was not doing anything wrong or suspicious for him to even follow him. The dispatcher told him to not follow him!!!!!!!! He chose to disobey orders. Now since he disobeyed orders he has to face the consequences. What if the shoe was on the other foot. What if that was George's son walking down the street with a hoodie on & he had the same scenario. Do he think that it would've been fair to him? How would he react? He is a poor excuse of a man. With a temper & he needs to have his temper put in check. He is not above the law. I'm a security officer & I've been put in situations, I never ever thought about shooting or killing anyone. You don't put yourself in a billy bad ass position. That's what the law is for. George needs a job behind a desk & not on the streets. After he serves his time. God don't bless no mess!!!!!

hummingbird
hummingbird

Zimmerman should have thought about all this before he profiled and followed and murdered an innocent child. He thought he could act with impunity and get away with it. His version of the event is highly questionable as we know he's a liar. He and his wife were caught lying! This country is full of hate so he can get enough people to sympathize with him and pay for his defense.

PoliticsNewsAja
PoliticsNewsAja

Like I said before, "Omara took this case Pro Bono." That means ALL the money donated to GZ belongs to GZ ALONE. GZ legally does not have to allow ANY of the donated money be given to Omara. When Omara took on this case Pro Bono, Omara took on 100% of the financial costs for the case. Omara asking for money is also unethical. What Omara is saying by his begging is, "I will not provide you with the best defense unless I am paid by strangers." Nothing in the law has prevented Omara from declaring Zimmerman indigent to the court except for the facts. 1) Zimmerman has ZERO obligation to pay Omara since Omara took the case for free. i.e. "Pro Bono"; Zimmerman is not indigent; i.e. All the funds GZ DID receive and has either pissed it away or is stashing it somewhere. ; and C) Omara knows to ask the court to declare GZ indigent allows the court to look at his own financial dealings of this case and Omara does not want the IRS looking at his own finances.

azmaveth
azmaveth

The only injuries to Zimmerman were abrasions on his face, a busted nose, and abrasions on the back of his head. The only injuries to Martin were abrasions on his knuckles and a bullet hole in the chest. Witnesses report seeing someone on top of a man lying on the ground, punching him repeatedly. The injuries clearly show which of the two people did the punching.

That said, to believe Zimmerman didn't fire in self-defense is to believe that Zimmerman first drew his weapon as an attack, then with weapon drawn, allowed Martin to throw him to the ground, pounce on him, punch him several times in the face, and slam his head on the concrete sidewalk before finally shooting Martin. None of that seems plausible if the claim is that Zimmerman attacked Martin.

ChristinaCoulterHaney
ChristinaCoulterHaney

@mercury Holy crap!  That's exactly what I keep trying to get through to people.  Zimmerman instigated.  Got out of his car with a pistol in his pocket, approached and confronted Trayvon, the kid feared for his life (however, he is no longer with us to tell us what he was thinking), beat the crap out of the nosey, lazy, cop-calling freak so he could get to where he was staying with friends, and got shot.  If Zimmerman was going to carry a gun, he should know how to use it.  I guess he was off on his aim...  Otherwise, he could have shot the kid in a less vulnerable area to get the kid off him.  With this "stand your ground" law, now the vigilantes are gonna come out of the "woodwork" and start instigating trouble.  And, there are gonna be too many guns in the hands of crazy people. 

JosephVarner
JosephVarner

@CenterStage No thank you.  Prefer not to listen to biased blog radio where anyone can say anything and pretend its gospel truth.

AlEng
AlEng

All your little scenarios are correct but also can be appliex as GZ states it happened. Racisn is alive as you can Read on this board directed towards white people. Blood splatter depends on many factors. Forensics said it was close range. TM doubled back and assaulted GZ. Almost killing GZ in his words. Do you believe in self defense?

AlEng
AlEng

@keapntouch2011 TM is not here because of TM. There is no legal obligation to follow 911 and there were no ORDERS as you state given. Besides GZ did back off. TM doubled back instead of going home. Trigger happy as you put it would have been done FIRST without a scuffle. You are incorrect on all you're points. I know you want to see it your way but the FACTS get in the way.

AlEng
AlEng

TM was trying to kill GZ. Do you believe in self defense or not?

AlEng
AlEng

@Sumthindoesntmakesense  Why would TM be screaming help if he was on top of GZ? If TM was on the bottom then forensics would have found grass stains on his back as they found on GZ back. Blood also would be placed different if TM was on the bottom because of certain irrefutable laws of nature as gravity being one of them. I know you want it so bad to be GZ because this young boy is dead but sometimes in life some things are true. TM doubled back and assaulted the "cracker" ( which proves TM is a racist) and was attempting to KILL him by pounding and smothering GZ. It was only by the grace of God that GZ finally pulled his gun in self defense as anybody else would do. Of course in looney Califorinia I am not allowed to protect myself as they encourage victims here.

azmaveth
azmaveth

@Sumthindoesntmakesense 

That is a silly question. It's no surprise that getting shot in the chest will make it difficult to use your lungs.

AlEng
AlEng

@keapntouch2011 Do you really think GZ is that brilliant that he could fool the State of Florida as to the forensics of the case? Really? The defense lawyer is not allowed to lie in open court. He is to mitigate any damaging evidence or create another view of it. Like just because you see someone standing over a dead person with a gun in their hand does not mean they killed that person. But it's easy to see your judgment has been clouded to conform to your own personal beliefs.

azmaveth
azmaveth

@keapntouch2011 

Reaching for someone's gun doesn't leave fingerprints if you don't manage to grab the gun.

azmaveth
azmaveth

@keapntouch2011 

The defense probably wants to bring up Martin's drug use for the same reason others want to bring up Zimmerman's spousal abuse. Just trying to impugn the character of either person.

Keep in mind that before the dispatcher told Zimmerman, "We don't need you do do that," the dispatcher had asked a couple times, "Which way is he running?" This prompted Zimmerman to peek around a corner to see where Martin went. That's what many people are imagining is "following."

Furthermore, "We don't need you do do that," isn't an order. Even if it were, some people have been slapped with serious lawsuits for following "official" orders from fake cops over the phone. Because America is a free country, we shouldn't have to follow orders from invisible people miles away who can't see or hear what's realy going on. 

Besides, Martin was also told by his gal on the phone to just run home. He didn't follow that order, either. The girl says Martin started a conversation with Zimmerman instead. And there's no evidence I've seen to refute Zimmerman's claim, than Martin approached him. If true, then it's Martin doing the following.

hummingbird
hummingbird

@keapntouch2011 It's so unfair how Trayvon's name is being dragged through the mud. Nothing that he did prior to his murder matters in this case. He wasn't doing anything wrong that night. He was just trying to get home. Zimmerman has a history of being overly aggressive and impulsive. There are so many people who agree with everything Zimmerman did that night because they're hateful, downright racist. These hateful Americans are the same ones who make a big deal/outcry when others hurt them because they hate them, yet, they practise hate against others.

azmaveth
azmaveth

@keapntouch2011 

Fortunately, we don't have to take "orders" from any 911 operator. At the Columbine massacre, about 80% of the people who followed 911 "orders" to stay put and wait for help to arrive were shot dead hours before the first cop entered the biulding.

Keep in mind, too, that the operator also asked Zimmerman where Martin was headed. Finding out that info required peeking around a corner, which is what most people have tagged as "following." Moreover, some reports indicate Martin arrived at his home at one point. So, if Martin was found dead a hundred feet away from his home, it's clear Martin did some following of his own.

azmaveth
azmaveth

@hummingbird 

Zimmerman didn't murder Martin. You should be sued into the welfare state for such hateful libel.

Sure, Zimmerman lied. Also, Martin did drugs and engaged in fistfights.

Fortunately, the physical evidence makes it plain that Martin punched Zimmerman repeatedly. That makes self-defense the obvious conclusion in this case.

dkt5331
dkt5331

@azmaveth Zimmerman refused to identify himself. Trayvon had every right to defend himself from creepy stalker. Zimmerman's injuries didn't even require a Band-Aid and he refused to got to the hospital. If his head was being slammed on concrete for a minurte as Zimmerman professed, he would have a concussion, skull fractures and lumps. He had none of the aforementioned. 

NealHayes
NealHayes

@AlEng I believe in self defense when it is actually self defense. According to one of the forensic investigators, everything GZ said was a lie. There was none of GZ's DNA on TM which goes to show that TM didn't hit GZ  His knuckles weren't bloodied and he had none of GZ blood on the sleeves of his hoodie at all. If TM had punched GZ 25 to 30 times like the almighty GZ claims he did, then his knuckles would have been bruised, bloodied, and there would have been some sort of blood spatter on TM's sleeves since there was *so much blood* on GZ's face. That goes to show that TM was defending himself from GZ and GZ probably hurt himself because he knew he was going to go down for murder otherwise. 

AlEng
AlEng

What TM did that night was try to kill someone. Throwing the race card out there because of an opposing opinion will do nothing but dilute the true meaning of racisism. And they come in all colors.

azmaveth
azmaveth

@hummingbird @keapntouch2011 

It's not clear from the evidence that Martin did nothing wrong. Some evidence indicates that after Martin arrived at home, he doubled back to confront Zimmerman. A good deal of eyewitness testimony, expert examination, and videotape evidence suggests Martin punched Zimmerman several times. That doesn't all add up to "Martin was an angel."

AnthonyJ.Mitchell
AnthonyJ.Mitchell

@azmaveth @keapntouch2011 Actually 911 can issue lawful orders. The 911 operator was not a 911 operator, he was in this case was a uniformed sanford police officer telling Zimmerman not to follow trayvon, not a civilian working for a 911 dispatch. And your whole statement is 100% contradictory to the statement dispatch made telling Zimmerman they do not need him to follow trayvon! And how you arrived to that belief that trayvon followed Zimmerman is damn magical when even Zimmerman admitted to searching for trayvon.

NatTurnerX
NatTurnerX

@azmaveth @keapntouch2011 yeah thats the smart thing to do lead some loon who's running and chasing behind you right to were the rest of your family is at, Travon put his family before his self and decided not to lead this crazy night stalking wife beater to his dads house in fear that more innocent lives would have been taken by a trigger happy murdering criminal

hummingbird
hummingbird

@azmaveth  When you go out and "start something" with someone who wasn't bothering you at all, you deserve whatever you get. Zimmerman started the whole altercation by bothering someone who wasn't even noticing him! I hope Zimmerman is found guilty. If not, the universe will exact its own punishment against that lying, murderous Zimmerman. Criminals have a way of ending up where they belong even when they're found "not guilty" eg Joran Van Der Sloot, O.J. Simpson.

AlEng
AlEng

"He would have a concussion, skull fractures or lumps". How do you know? Are you a DR? Maybe with one more punch or head slam GZ would be dead. How would you like that outcome?

azmaveth
azmaveth

Zimmerman was faulted by one Florida investigator for failing to identify himself, but that doesn't mean Zimmerman was ever asked to identify himself, or that he refused.

azmaveth
azmaveth

Refusing to identify yourself isn't a crime, nor does it threaten anyone.

azmaveth
azmaveth

@dkt5331 @azmaveth 

No one has a right to start punching people just because they're following. I think Zimmerman was a bit nuts to ask the police to check out Martin, but "stalking" isn't quite the right word for what Zimmerman did, since "stalking" involves following someone repeatedly over a span of several occasions. It isn't a crime to report a suspicious person to the police and keep an eye on that subject until the cops arrive, nor does it pose a threat to anyone to do so.

We do know from a doctor's examination and a police video that Martin had abrasions on the back of his head immediately following the altercation. We might wonder how he got that injury, but it is consistent with eyewitness reports and Zimmerman's account.

Beyond the injury to the back of Zimmerman's head, we still have Zimmerman's broken nose documented by a physician, and an eyewitness who reports seeing someone punch someone. Injuries to Martin's knuckles indicate Martin was the sole puncher, unless you believe Zimmerman punched Martin in the knuckles with his own face.

AlEng
AlEng

@NealHayes @AlEng  It was raining that night. That can explain a lot. I believe when you are DEAD and I am no expert but bruising will not occur since circulation has ceased.The 25 to 30 times GZ stated he was punched could be an Exaggeration because as you know if you have ever been in a street fight you do not really have enough time to count the blows you have taken especially after you have been sucker punched. You give GZ a lot of credit. I don't think he's smart enough to hurt himself to escape prosecution and beat govt testing of forensics.

When I was a teenager and got into a couple of scrapes I got blasted in the face in one fight  twice with no apparent bruising. Every human is different.

hummingbird
hummingbird

@AlEng Apparently you haven't heard all the phone calls that GZ made that prove he's a big racist. On the night he killed TM he called him a f***ing punk and a n****r. Prior to that night he made other racist phone calls. I know some of you love GZ b/c he's a racist that profiled, stalked and murdered a black kid.

AlEng
AlEng

@AnthonyJ.Mitchell @azmaveth @keapntouch2011  I know you want it to be one way so bad but sorry it did not happen the way you want. Even if GZ was following TM it's not illegal. What is illegal is trying to kill someone. Had TM been successful we would be having another conversation but thank GOD GZ had an EQUALIZER!

AlEng
AlEng

Since you used the word are you a racist also?

AlEng
AlEng

@hummingbird @AlEng Using the N word makes you a racist? I guess since you used  it you are a racist also. Gee there are so many ignorant people commenting here.

azmaveth
azmaveth

@AnthonyJ.Mitchell @azmaveth @keapntouch2011 

For one, the "following" Zimmerman did was to peek around a corner to look for Martin after the 911 person asked twice, "Which way is he running?" Even if we have to obey orders from invisible people miles away who can't see or hear what's going on, there's no evidence that Zimmerman continued to follow Martin once the 911 person told him, "We don't need you to do that. It was shortly after Zimmerman replied, "Okay," that Zimmerman says Martin approached him. There is no evidence to refute this claim.

hummingbird
hummingbird

@priscilla I already know that Zimmerman is a liar so I don't believe his version of the event. He's flat out lying in an effort to get away with killing an unarmed child who wasn't bothering him or anyone else.

priscilla
priscilla

@azmaveth @hummingbird The girlfriend said she heard someone ask Trayvon "What are you doing around here and then Martin asked why are you following me?

azmaveth
azmaveth

@hummingbird @azmaveth 

We don't know that Zimmerman started an altercation with Martin. There's no evidence Zimmerman struck up a conversation with Martin, and Martin's gal on the phone says she heard Martin start a conversation with Zimmerman. So, we can't say Zimmerman bothered Martin.

Beyond that, it should never be a crime to report a suspicious person in the neighborhood to the police, nor to watch that suspicious person till the cops arrive.

And you should stop libeling Zimmerman before someone sues you. He hasn't been convicted of murder, nor has he confessed to it. Shame on your hateful lying.

priscilla
priscilla

@azmaveth well for all of you who don't mind being followed and asked questions, I guess you would just remain calm.  Being followed is threating and no I don't believe that anyone could perdict what they would do if someone was following them at night.

NatTurnerX
NatTurnerX

@azmaveth @dkt5331 zimmerman threw the first punch and didn't connect end of story, ive seen it happen a million types when i did bar security

NatTurnerX
NatTurnerX

@azmaveth @dkt5331 if zimmerman will beat his wife up what makes you think travon was the aggresor just because you lose the fight doesnt mean that the other guy threw the first blow, i walk up to mike tyson i throw the first blow and miss or land who do you think is gonna win the fight

NatTurnerX
NatTurnerX

@azmaveth @dkt5331 what i think is they both squared off at each other zimmmerman being shorter and slower threw the first punch but missed, Travon obviously a much better fighter than z beat him down, like he was supposed to do, after poppin z around for a little bit he decided that z had had enough and began to walk away with a bruised ego and a few scuff marks the angry wife beating coward shot Travon in the back just like cowardly little liars do

azmaveth
azmaveth

@DeloresTrutlin @azmaveth @PoliticsNewsAja @dkt5331 

Yet, the eyewitness accounts indicate someone punched someone. Both Martin's injury to his knuckles and Zimmerman's injuries to his face are well documented and make it clear Martin punched Zimmerman. To deny that is ludicrous.

DeloresTrutlin
DeloresTrutlin

@azmaveth @PoliticsNewsAja @dkt5331 Trayvon had none of George's DNA on his hands so I conclude he didn't bang George's head on anything, punch Geo in the face hundreds of time, place his hands over Geo's bloody mouth and nose, feel-up on Geo's chest (without smearing blood on Geo's shirt), or do any of the many things Geo claims Trayvon did with his hands.

azmaveth
azmaveth

@PoliticsNewsAja@azmaveth@dkt5331

No need to pretend Zimmerman "may or may not have had" injuries. That much is proven by eyewitness reports, video evidence, and a physician's report, and those injuries have consistently been described as fresh.

Furthermore, DNA tests haven't ruled out Martin. They just can't confirm it was Martin who injured Zimmerman. I seriously doubt abrasions on Martin's knuckles would have left much blood on Zimmerman.

Beyond DNA tests, eyewitness accounts confirm someone was punching someone repeatedly at the scene. No evidence indicates Zimmerman punched anyone.

PoliticsNewsAja
PoliticsNewsAja

@azmaveth @dkt5331 First, I do not know when or where Zimmerman obtained any injuries that he may or may not of had. DNA test say it was not from Trayvon Martin. For all I know, he and his wife got into it and he stormed out the house or he got injured from a building or bush/tree while chasing after Trayvon.  I do know that the amount of blood from claimed injuries would have left DNA to prove it was from Trayvon.  DNA tests have only proved it was not from Trayvon.