PHOTOS: New Evidence Released in Trayvon Martin Case
Evidence released by Florida prosecutors includes pictures of Zimmerman's injuries that night, the gun he used on Martin, and Martin's cellphone.
Trayvon Martin died of a single gunshot to the heart, and had traces of marijuana in his blood and a single scratch on one knuckle when he died, according to a trove of new evidence released by the state of Florida Thursday night. According to the documents, the Sanford police believed that the teen's death was "ultimately avoidable," if his killer, George Zimmerman, had "remained in his vehicle and awaited the arrival of law enforcement" on that fateful night in February.
The evidence includes hundreds of pages of documents and photographs gathered by Florida Special Prosecutor Angela Corey and shared earlier this week with the attorneys of Zimmerman as part of the discovery process in his trial for second-degree murder. Zimmerman admitted to shooting the 17-year-old Martin in February, but has claimed that he killed the unarmed, hoodie-wearing African American teen in self-defense.
Corey's office made the evidence available to reporters online Thursday night, and highlights quickly emerged on social media. The evidence included these photos:
And then there's the first known picture of Zimmerman from on the scene of the shooting. According to the New York Times: "The police took only one photo at the scene of any of Mr. Zimmerman’s injuries — a full-face picture of him that showed a bloodied nose—before paramedics tended to him…It was shot on a department cellphone camera and was not downloaded for a few days, an oversight by the officer who took it."
Details from the newly released collection of documents quickly emerged on Twitter late Thursday, as journalists pored through the documents:
https://twitter.com/search/%2523Trayvon">#Trayvon was shot through the heart by https://twitter.com/search/%2523Zimmerman">#Zimmerman, according to autopsy http://bit.ly/KpJSOy">bit.ly/KpJSOy— OSTrayvonMartin (@OSTrayvonMartin) May 17, 2012
The things https://twitter.com/search/%2523TrayvonMartin">#TrayvonMartin carried: red "711" lighter; $40.15; pack of https://twitter.com/search/%2523Skittles">#Skittles; headphones and a photo button— Russell Goldman (@GoldmanRussell) May 17, 2012
Document: Forensic audio analysts couldn't tell if cries for help came from Trayvon or Zimmerman - scr.bi/JW5Ye1— Matthew Keys (@ProducerMatthew) May 17, 2012
Police: When Tracy Martin first heard the cries for help on the 911 tape, he said it was NOT Trayvon's voice.
— Frances Robles (@RoblesHerald) May 17, 2012
One witness was adamant: there was no fighting when the gunshot rang out.— Frances Robles (@RoblesHerald) May 17, 2012
Cutcher told cops: "I know they were not physically fighting at the time that gun went off when we heardshot and the kid hit the ground."— Frances Robles (@RoblesHerald) May 17, 2012
Trayvon had blood stains on his shirt -- blood from both him and Zimmerman. #trayvon— Frances Robles (@RoblesHerald) May 17, 2012