When the Trayvon Martin case gained national attention a couple of months back, celebrities and supporters came out all across the nation to stand up for an African-American teenager gunned down by a self-proclaimed neighborhood watchman. While many considered the case to be a slam dunk for prosecutors, recent autopsy findings make some wonder if indeed George Zimmerman was telling the truth about his self-defense claim. Others are surprised the prosecutor’s office botched the case after withholding evidence from their original affidavit. The three page medical report just released by the prosecutors office shows Zimmerman had two black eyes, a broken nose, and cuts to the back of the head. These are injuries that were likely caused by a struggle and were not included in the original affidavit.
An autopsy report shows Martin had bloody knuckles that could have been used to beat up Zimmerman. It also concludes Martin died from a single gunshot wound to the chest fired from “intermediate range.”
It’s hard to know exactly what happened as this incident wasn’t caught in detail on camera.
That being said, I’m appalled the prosecutors went right for a second degree murder charge with the evidence they must have had during the filing of the affidavit but willingly withheld it from their report.
Instead, the affidavit filed by Prosecuting Attorney Angela Corey was filled with holes while making the statement that Zimmerman was “racial profiling.” There doesn’t appear to be any evidence to suggest this is the case. Affidavits are suppose to be filed complete and accurately and it doesn’t appear this was done. Due to the prosecutors poor handling of this case, this sets up a trial where a jury pool will be scared to death to rule in favor of Zimmerman. Just as demonstrators seemed to be near violent levels during the early stages of his case, can you imagine what will happen if Zimmerman does not go down for second-degree murder?
The outcome of what might happen is purely on the shoulders of the prosecutors.
If they had done their job correctly from the beginning and indeed Zimmerman had “profiled” Martin, the evidence would have come to light and a violent outburst after the verdict would not be likely.
It’s all but guaranteed now if Zimmerman is cleared of the charges and that is unfortunate as it could have been avoided.
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