George Zimmerman’s defense attorneys want you to know what he looked like the night he shot Trayvon Martin.
They have released a full-color police photo showing Zimmerman’s bloody nose.
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26. Martin was returning from a convenience store and was unarmed. Zimmerman told police he shot the teen in self-defense.
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Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara says the photo of Zimmerman’s bloody nose is the first time the public is seeing the digital image of a piece of evidence that went out in the first round of discovery. O'Mara says, in that first round, the picture provided was just a black and white photocopy. He demanded the picture in color and was given a color-copy printer picture. Zimmerman's defense team continued to push for a digital image and this is what we are seeing today on the website.
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The Martin family attorney Ben Crump said, "I have not seen the photograph, but I think that whatever happened between Zimmerman and Trayvon was ultimately avoidable had he not gotten out of his car."
"Once he got out of his car and pursued Trayvon, Trayvon had every right to defend himself. There would be no interaction between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman had Zimmerman not gotten out of his car," said Crump.