Zimmerman Report Details Injuries
By Matt Gutman, ABC News // May 16, 2012
State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Although the fundamental legal question in the case against George Zimmerman remains: “Who was the agressor?” medical records recently released and reported on here by ABC News substantiate the full extent of his injuries after his deadly confrontation with Trayvon Martin.
The veracity of Zimmerman’s claim that he was being pounded into the pavement by Martin is strengthened by this medical report, which shows that Zimmerman’s injuries were more severe than previously reported. However, it is up to the jury to determine, based on what will surely be a plethora of evidence and testimony, whether or not Zimmerman shooting Martin in the chest during the altercation was second degree murder or justified as an act of self defense.
ABC NEWS–A medical report compiled by the family physician of Trayvon Martin shooter 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.
Zimmerman faces a second degree murder charge for the Feb. 26 shooting that left the unarmed 17-year-old high school junior dead. Zimmerman has claimed self defense in what he described as a life and death struggle that Martin initiated by accosting him, punching him in the face, then repeatedly bashing his head into the pavement.
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