May 16, 2012

What Does The Physical Evidence In The George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin Case Tell Us?

As the evidence begins trickling out as a result of Florida’s discovery laws, we are getting some very interesting bits of information.

First there’s this.

A medical report compiled by the family physician of accused Trayvon Martin murderer George Zimmerman and obtained exclusively by ABC News found that Zimmerman was diagnosed with a "closed fracture" of his nose, a pair of black eyes, two lacerations to the back of his head and a minor back injury the day after he fatally shot Martin during an alleged altercation.

Now unless one wants to argue that Zimmerman was in another fight, that Zimmerman caused the injuries himself, or that the police beat Zimmerman while he was in custody, the only possible conclusion is that the injuries were sustained at the hands of Trayvon Martin before Zimmerman shot him. And that is consistent with another piece of evidence.

WFTV has confirmed that autopsy results show 17-year-old Trayvon Martin had injuries to his knuckles when he died.

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WFTV has learned that the medical examiner found two injuries on Martin’s body: The fatal gunshot wound and broken skin on his knuckles.

What interests me here is what the medical examiner found when he examined the wounds. Were they scrapes caused by pavement? Did they contain blood or tissue from Zimmerman? In other words, were they caused by an altercation of by Martin’s body hitting the ground?

Frankly, I find myself agreeing with CBS legal analyst Jack Ford on this one.

"This now allows the defense to show up in the courtroom, let George Zimmerman tell his story and bring in a medical expert that says, 'Black and blue under the eyes, broken nose, cut on the back of the head,'" said Ford, "and the defense can argue that's consistent with George Zimmerman being attacked by Trayvon Martin, and then the Stand Your Ground defense comes into play."

Ford does speculate that the prosecution could make an argument that Trayvon martin was in a struggle for his life when attacked by Zimmerman, but I don’t think that one will hold water. After all, there were apparently only two injuries on Martin’s body – the knuckles and the gunshot – while Zimmerman had apparently had the crap beat out of him. By themselves, these facts lead to the more reasonable conclusion that Martin was the aggressor and Zimmerman believed he was in danger of death or serious injury at Martin’s hands. In that case, a finding of self-defense would be appropriate, without any reference to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law that has been so criticized since the shooting.

Of course, the Martin family’s mouthpiece is trying to spin the evidence that thoroughly contradicts the narrative the family and its race-mongering supporters have tried to concoct with doctored tapes and threats of lynching.

“[Trayvon Martin] was fighting for his life. Let’s not forget that Trayvon Martin was fighting a man with a 9-millimeter gun. We also have to remember that he didn’t start this fight. George Zimmerman got out his car and pursued Trayvon Martin.”

Except, of course, there’s no evidence that George Zimmerman touched Trayvon Martin anyplace other than his knuckles with anything other than his face, and there is no evidence that Zimmerman’s legal gun was anywhere but concealed in its holster whenever the altercation started, so there is no way Martin could have known about the weapon when the altercation began – and that getting out of your car in the neighborhood where you live and asking a stranger who they are and why they are there is not a threat or an assault.

At bare minimum, this new evidence should muddy the water sufficiently that proof of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt becomes impossible in a second degree murder case – and possibly for any sort of homicide charge. As a result, I stand with this observation from the professional prosecutor who runs Patterico’s Pontifications.

My bold prediction: this guy does not get convicted of murder.

I’m not gloating when I say that – I’m just looking at the evidence as it stands. And I stand firm in my initial observation that what we should be seeking is justice not only for Trayvon martin, but also for George Zimmerman – and that justice does not necessarily mean that Zimmerman is convicted of anything as a result of this tragedy.

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