Saturday, April 21, 2018

Report details George Zimmerman's injuries after he shot Trayvon Martin

ORLANDO — A newly released medical report in the Trayvon Martin case says George Zimmerman had scalp wounds, black eyes and a broken nose from their altercation the night he fatally shot the Florida teenager.

The report was posted online Monday by Zimmerman's attorney as part of his effort to get the former neighborhood watch volunteer released from jail while he awaits trial.

The documents include witness statements and law enforcement interviews with Zimmerman. The medical report says the doctor recommended that Zimmerman visit an ear, nose and throat specialist, but he declined.

Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester is expected to decide today whether to release Zimmerman on bail, according to a court spokeswoman. His original bail was revoked last month after Lester ruled that Zimmerman and his wife had been untruthful about their finances at a bail hearing in April.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara estimated that he submitted about eight to 10 hours of material for the judge to review during last week's bond hearing.

According to a physician's report dated Feb. 27, the reason Zimmerman sought the doctor's visit was to obtain a note to return to work. Zimmerman's head cuts didn't require any stitches, and he didn't complain of any slurred speech or dizziness.

The report also describes Zimmerman's demeanor less than a day after the encounter, noting he "admits to occasional nausea when thinking about the violence last night but denies abdominal pain."

He was prescribed pain medication for his injuries. A medication report also said that in the weeks before the shooting he had been given prescriptions for Adderall, used to treat attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, and an insomnia medication.

Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of the unarmed 17-year-old Martin on Feb. 26 at a gated apartment community in Sanford. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty and claims the shooting was self-defense under Florida's "stand your ground" law.

Martin's parents and supporters claim the teenager was targeted because he was black and that Zimmerman started the confrontation that led to the shooting. Zimmerman's father is white, and his mother is Hispanic.

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