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In killing, basic facts still elusive

Nothing makes sense in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Nothing. Now I have more questions, sparked in part by the leaked report of George Zimmerman's account to police of what happened on Feb. 26. For some things there might be simple explanations. We might not get answers to some questions. And we might not like some of the answers we are given. But the questions must be asked.

It wasn't until Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, called to file a missing person's report on Feb. 27 that police went to Martin's fiancee's house with pictures of his son's dead body. News reports have said that Trayvon's body was tagged as a John Doe. But the "Partial Report Only" that was completed at 3:07 a.m. Feb. 27 lists Trayvon's full name, city of birth, address and phone number. How did police get that information? Was Trayvon carrying identification? Did police try to contact that home number?

Trayvon's father called his cellphone several times. Why didn't police answer Trayvon's cellphone?

Zimmerman reportedly had a bloody nose and lacerations on the back of his head and was given first aid by a Sanford Fire Department rescue unit. Where is their report of his injuries? Were photographs taken of Zimmerman's injuries?

Did the officer who placed Zimmerman in handcuffs read him his Miranda rights?

The officer who handcuffed Zimmerman reported, "While the (Sanford Fire Department) was attending to Zimmerman, I overheard him state 'I was yelling for someone to help me, but no one would help me.' At no point did I question Zimmerman about the incident that had taken place." Why not?

Zimmerman was then taken to the Sanford Police Department and interviewed by an investigator. Was that interview recorded?

Was there blood spatter from Trayvon on Zimmerman's clothing? Were any tests — DNA, gunshot residue — done on Zimmerman's clothing?

Were photographs taken of Zimmerman's clothing? Was the clothing taken into evidence?

Were there any signs of a struggle on Trayvon? Scratches, bruises? Were there traces of Zimmerman's hair or skin on Trayvon's clothing or under his fingernails?

A drug and alcohol test was performed on Trayvon's body. Were drugs and/or alcohol found in his system? Was a similar test done on Zimmerman? If not, why not?

You don't have to be a devotee of CSI to come up with these questions. They're pretty basic. That they have to be asked one month after the killing of Trayvon Martin is alarming.

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