As the trial approaches, more evidence on the Trayvon Martin case goes public.
By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Weeks after it was announced that George Zimmerman would be charged for murder in the second degree by Special Prosecutor Angela Corey; the Trayvon Martin case continues to evolve as information regarding the night the 17-year-old unarmed black teen was slayed in his father’s neighborhood continue to leak to the press. While the majority of the black community celebrated the arrest and possible putting away of George Zimmerman at the result of a trial, it is evident that a lot of information once hidden will now be revealed and will serve as an important element of the impending trial.
Recent police documents that were released to the media cite marijuana was found in Martin’s system the night of his death. This finding was concluded by an autopsy. The same 200 page of undisclosed documents also reports that Trayvon was shot in his chest by George Zimmerman from a close range.
Also revealed was at least one investigator wanted to charge George Zimmerman for manslaughter. However, the investigator was overruled by his peers. The same investigator also stated that he concluded that the confrontation should have been avoided. This report comes nearly a month after George Zimmerman was finally arrested.
Earlier this week, the documents which included photos and videos, were turned over by the defense attorneys and prosecutors.
The reports also include witness accounts from former coworkers of Zimmerman and former associates.
In the documents, a woman claims that George Zimmerman is an aggressive racist who has a history of initiating confrontations. A former coworker of Indian descent also claims he was bullied and racially taunted by George Zimmerman before reporting him to managers.
A man also labeled as a witness in the reports states he saw both Zimmerman and Martin engaging in a physical confrontation. He states he saw the black teen throwing punches similar to the martial arts style.
Earlier reports of George Zimmerman having possible injuries the night of the controversial shooting may have also been confirmed.
“Bleeding tenderness to his nose, and a small laceration to the back of his head. All injuries have minor bleeding,” Paramedic Michael Brandy writes summarizing the injuries Zimmerman succumbed
What the evidence continues to lack is any proof that Trayvon Martin had any sort of previous criminal history. Meanwhile, George Zimmerman has been arrested several times, reasons including domestic violence and the assault of a black police officer.