Saturday, February 24, 2018

Documents reveal initial police findings in George Zimmerman case

ORLANDO — George Zimmerman could have defused the deadly confrontation with Trayvon Martin if he would have identified himself as a member of neighborhood watch, and Zimmerman passed two lie detector tests when questioned by investigators, according to a report released Tuesday.

More documents in the second-degree murder case against Zimmerman were released that included investigators' accounts of the night of Feb. 26, when he killed Martin after following the unarmed teenager through a gated community in Sanford. Zimmerman, 28, has pleaded not guilty and has said since the night of the fight that he feared for his life because Martin was beating him up before Zimmerman grabbed his gun in his holster and shot the 17-year-old.

Sanford Detective Christopher Serino said in the report that Zimmerman at first verbally confronted Martin from his car and that the defendant and witnesses said he was too afraid of Martin to get out. Later in the encounter, Zimmerman got out of his SUV and followed Martin.

"His actions are inconsistent of those of a person who has stated he was in fear of another subject," Serino wrote.

Based on his investigation, Serino recommended a charge of manslaughter to the state attorney but Zimmerman wasn't charged until more than a month later. Serino has been reassigned to the patrol division by his request, according to a news release from Sanford police on Tuesday.

Another investigator wrote that on the night of the shooting, two computer voice stress tests they gave to Zimmerman indicated he wasn't lying about what happened.

Zimmerman answered a series of questions by speaking into a microphone that was plugged into a computer. The answers produce a voice pattern on the computer, which are analyzed for truthfulness. It differs from traditional lie detectors, which involve wires or electrodes attached to the person that monitor pulse rates.

Results from either test are usually not admissible in court.

Orlando-based defense attorney Randy McClain said Zimmerman passing the test won't show up at trial because Florida courts have deemed them unreliable based on a 1923 case.

A message left with Zimmerman's attorney was not returned.

Comments

AP Top News at 12:56 a.m. EST

AP Top News at 12:56 a.m. EST
Updated: 15 minutes ago
The Latest: Brandt named honorary ambassador for adoptees

The Latest: Brandt named honorary ambassador for adoptees

Marissa Brandt has been named an honorary ambassador for adoptee birth family search by the South Korean minister of health and welfare
Updated: 15 minutes ago
Durant leads Warriors past Thunder 112-80

Durant leads Warriors past Thunder 112-80

Saturday's NBA Capsules
Updated: 22 minutes ago

Saturday's Scores

Saturday's Scores
Updated: 24 minutes ago

Allman scores 25 points, CS Fullerton beats Long Beach State

Kyle Allman made 8 of 13 from the field, hit 8 of 9 from the free-throw line and finished with 25 points to help Cal State Fullerton beat Long Beach State 81-71
Updated: 24 minutes ago

Gilyard scores 22 to help UTEP beat Southern Miss 73-44

Evan Gilyard scored 22 points and UTEP never trailed in its 73-44 win over Southern Miss
Updated: 25 minutes ago
Lillard's layup after Suns' turnover gives Portland victory

Lillard's layup after Suns' turnover gives Portland victory

Damian Lillard scored 40 points, the last two on a driving, left-handed layup with nine-tenths of a second to play, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied from 15 down in the final 7 1/2 minutes to beat Phoenix 106-104, the Suns' ninth straight loss
Updated: 25 minutes ago
Caldwell-Pope's season-high 34 points help Lakers top Kings

Caldwell-Pope's season-high 34 points help Lakers top Kings

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 17 of his season-high 34 points in the third quarter and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a three-game road losing streak with a 113-108 win against the Sacramento Kings
Updated: 26 minutes ago

Text of declassified GOP memo targeting FBI's Russia probe

Text of the declassified GOP memo targeting the FBI's investigation into the Trump election campaign and Russia
Updated: 29 minutes ago

Text of declassified Dems memo about FBI's Russia probe

Text of the declassified Dems memo rebutting claims by GOP about the FBI's investigation into the Trump election campaign and Russia
Updated: 1 hour ago