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A review of the evidence released in the Trayvon Martin case

Reviewing the Evidence released

Zimmerman's injuries

Bloody nose photo: The evidence includes a photocopy of a picture taken of George Zimmerman at the scene of the shooting. Sanford Officer Michael Wagner pulled out his personal iPhone, he wrote in his report, and shot a photo of Zimmerman's bloody nose. It appeared to him, Wagner wrote in his report, that Zimmerman's nose was broken. Wagner downloaded the photo to his computer but never forwarded it to anyone else, he wrote, not until March 18, when he got word that the agency could find no photos of Zimmerman taken at the scene.

Cuts to the head: The Fire Rescue report shows Zimmerman had a "small laceration on the back of his head." He also had "small abrasions" on his forehead. "All injuries have minor bleeding," the report said. He denied further medical assistance.

Spots of blood: According to documents, FDLE DNA expert Anthony Gorgone found more than a dozen spots of Zimmerman's blood on the defendant's shirt and nearly as many on his jacket. The jacket also had a spot of blood that Gorgone said came from both.

Martin's autopsy

Bullet wound: Trayvon Martin's autopsy showed the 5-foot-11 teen weighed 158 pounds and died from a single 9mm gunshot wound to the chest. A diagram shows the gunshot wound was approximately ⅜ inches across, and the "stippling," powder burns that come as a result of a gunshot, was approximately 2 inches in diameter. The burns are important because they prove the gun was fired from very close range. FDLE firearms expert Amy Siewert examined Martin's gray hoodie and sweatshirt and wrote this about the gunpowder burns: "Both holes displayed residues and physical effects consistent with a contact shot." The bullet went through his heart, according to the report. The Volusia County medical examiner's office pulled from Martin's body one lead bullet core and two fragments, according to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab report.

Marijuana use: The autopsy report says there was THC — the active chemical found in marijuana — in Martin's blood and urine.

In his pocket: The report by Serino said Martin had $40.15, Skittles candy, a red lighter, headphones and a photo pin in his pocket.

Evidence not released

Telecommunications records were not released because they were considered exempt from the public records law. In a court filing earlier this week, prosecutors said they plan to present as part of their case Zimmerman's cell phone text messages, photos and videos from the weeks after Martin's death. Also not included in Thursday's release of information: Zimmerman's three statements to police or the videotaped reenactment he did for detectives the day after he killed Martin. Under Florida law, confessions are exempt from public records laws.

Orlando Sentinel, Miami Herald

A review of the evidence released in the Trayvon Martin case 05/17/12 [Last modified: Thursday, May 17, 2012 11:13pm]
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