By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
The Trayvon Martin case has been one of the biggest cases regarding race relations in this country we’ve seen in years. When the story first broke, many African Americans made it clear that they felt Trayvon was murdered by George Zimmerman in cold blood, just for being a black teenager in the wrong place, at the wrong time. And it was all because he wore a hoodie while being black in his father’s nice neighborhood. Although Zimmerman did face charges, many weren’t sure if there would be enough evidence to show that Trayvon was killed recklessly at the hands of George Zimmerman. Throughout the entire case, Zimmerman claimed that he had killed Martin due to self-defense. He claimed that a violent physical altercation between him and the teen took place, and that it was Martin’s reach for the gun that prompted Zimmerman to take his life.
Well according to some newly released information from the prosecutors, DNA is not backing up that theory.
The prosecutors of the case have informed the media that they could find no DNA belonging to Trayvon Martin on George Zimmerman’s gun.
Here’s the report:
Authorities conducted DNA tests on the slide, trigger, grip and holster of the automatic pistol Zimmerman used to kill the 17-year-old unarmed teenager in February in Sanford, Fla.
The tests by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement excluded Trayvon as a possible contributor for DNA found on the gun’s grip but were unable to determine whether his DNA was on the other parts of the weapon.
DNA on the slide showed the presence of one male individual, but it could not be matched to anyone. DNA belonging to Zimmerman was also found on the gun holster, but Martin’s could not be matched.
Now of course, this doesn’t mean it’s a done deal for George Zimmerman unfortunately. All he and his attorneys have to do is convince the jury that Trayvon Martin reached for the gun. And according to his attorney, he doesn’t think that requires Martin’s DNA to be found on the gun.
But it’s still possible that these findings could be enough to show that George Zimmerman lied about Trayvon reaching for his gun. And that could make it even more difficult for him to prove that he killed Trayvon because he was in fear for his life.