Defense Gets More Evidence in Trayvon Martin Case

By: The News Service of Florida; AP
By: The News Service of Florida; AP
Prosecutors in the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman filed their list of witnesses and evidence in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin at the Seminole County clerk

George Zimmerman appears before Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester Jr. Friday, April 20, 2012, during a bond hearing in Sanford, Fla. Lester says Zimmerman can be released on $150,000 bail as he awaits trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Martin. He claims self-defense. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

Defense Gets More Evidence in Trayvon Martin Case
by Mike Schneider

Orlando, FL (AP) -- June 15, 2012 --

Prosecutors have turned over witness statements, FBI reports and crime scene photos to the attorney representing the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Prosecutors also said Friday they plan to release 151 calls George Zimmerman made from jail, early next week, but then revised that to only six phone calls after Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara informed them that he would file a motion objecting to the release of most of the calls.

Some of those calls led to a judge revoking Zimmerman's $150,000 bond earlier this month. It also led to the arrest of his wife on a charge of making a false statement.

The calls show Zimmerman telling his wife in April how to transfer about $135,000 raised from a website to different bank accounts. Just days later, Shellie Zimmerman testified at her husband's bail hearing that she didn't know how much money had been raised by the website.

Zimmerman is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense.


Judge: Zimmerman Statements Can Be Released
by Mike Schneider

Orlando, FL (AP) -- June 13, 2012 --

Statements a former neighborhood watch leader made to detectives after he fatally shot Trayvon Martin can be released to the public, a judge ruled Wednesday.

But Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said that the identities of witnesses who observed the fatal confrontation in February between George Zimmerman and the 17-year-old Martin can stay private, provided the witnesses haven't been identified previously.

"The innocent witnesses who have performed their civic or moral duty by reporting what they observed to law enforcement should not have their lives turned upside-down for having done so," Lester wrote.

Lester's ruling was in response to a challenge news media groups, including The Associated Press, filed against efforts to seal some records.

Prosecutors and Zimmerman's defense attorney had wanted to keep both Zimmerman's statements and the witnesses' identities private. They had argued that their public release would jeopardize Zimmerman's chance of getting a fair hearing when he is tried for second-degree murder. Zimmerman claims the shooting was in self-defense.

The judge said disclosing Zimmerman's statements to police detectives wouldn't jeopardize his ability to get a fair trial. He also ruled that tests given to Zimmerman after the shooting could be released, as well as some crime-scene photos and Zimmerman's recorded telephone calls from jail.

Some of those jailhouse calls involve Zimmerman directing his wife, Shellie, to transfer funds raised on a website to different bank accounts. Those jailhouse calls were cited by prosecutors, who successfully asked the judge to revoke Zimmerman's $150,000 bond earlier this month. Prosecutors accuse Zimmerman and his wife of misleading the judge about how much money they had available for his bond at a bail hearing in April. Shellie Zimmerman was arrested Tuesday on a charge of making a false statement under oath.

Zimmerman has a second bond hearing scheduled for the end of the month.


Prosecutors File Evidence, Witness List in Martin Killing

May 16, 2012 -

Prosecutors in the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman filed their list of witnesses and evidence in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin late Monday at the Seminole County clerk's office. The eight-page document redacts most names from the witness list, but in addition to law enforcement officers and fire-rescue personnel, they include Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, his brother, Jahvarius Fulton, and Zimmerman's father, Robert Zimmerman, neighbor Frank Taaffe and friend Joe Oliver. Special Prosecutor Angela Corey's office also provided nine reports by the Sanford Police Department, including five by lead investigator Chris Serino. Evidence includes videos from Feb. 26, the night of Martin's death, taken at the 7-Eleven store where he purchased candy and iced tea, and from the clubhouse in the gated community where he was killed. Other items: cell phone records for Zimmerman, Martin and an unnamed witness; materials from the neighborhood watch program for which Zimmerman was acting as a volunteer; Zimmerman's gun, concealed weapon permit and medical and legal records; crime scene phots and Martin's autopsy report. Other witnesses include investigators from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the office of Seminole County State Attorney Norm Wolfinger and Corey's office.

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  • by a.k47 Location: near on Jun 17, 2012 at 06:58 PM
    It all boils down to George Zimmerman got out his truck although he was TOLD not to... He followed Trayvon and like anyone who is being followed will do, he run and zimmerman felt he had the right to follow him. He may have caught up with trayvon when he was almost at this fathers house and tried to hold him to the police arrived, but trayvon end up beating and basically Standing His Ground. Zimmerman just got something more than what he was asking for and after he LEFT his vehicle, it was no longer a "Stand your Ground" defense. Watch and see the evidence will prove it all.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 17, 2012 at 08:26 PM in reply to a.k47
      You're correct in only the last sentence.
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      by Rob on Jun 18, 2012 at 12:49 AM in reply to a.k47
      Yeah, but a.k.47... if he caught up with Trayvon when he was almost at his father's house, he would have had to drag him all the way up there where he lay dead... a very far distance. Doesn't seem reasonable. Also, that doesn't add up with the non-emergency call where they had a pretty lengthy discussion after saying Trayvon had gotten away/ran down by the back exit gate... And GZ didn't seem to be running or out of breath. He seemed to be in a stationary mode at that time... And the fact remains if TM was by his father's townhome, why didn't Trayvon open the door & step inside & give the skittles to his 14 year old cousin & start watching the ending of the all star game?
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      by Creative ak47 on Jun 18, 2012 at 04:47 AM in reply to a.k47
      That is very creative. Darned shame it is neither truthful or accurate. I sure wish you all would just go ahead and riot. It would be even better if you could start in my neighborhood as a whole bunch of us stand ready to fertilize our property.
  • by you know on Jun 17, 2012 at 04:05 AM
    you all know trayvon jummped zimmerman come on !! trayvon started the whole thing YOU KNOW First of all Trayvon was 17. Quit acting like he was the 12 year old the media made him out to be. And, he was 6'3''. He wasn't some sweet little innocent kid.
  • by 62nitro on Jun 16, 2012 at 06:42 PM
    OK, GZ and his wife lied about how much money they had in the bank. Why all the fuss? In the democrat party that is considered a resume’ enhancement. Doesn’t that put him in the same class as Obama and Bill Clinton? Holy cow! The man is presidential material!
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      by Hammer Time on Jun 17, 2012 at 02:20 PM in reply to 62nitro
      How about John Edwards? Even Crump and Team Skittles have made a $7.2 Million haul on donations. Crump bought off Lester just to impact Zimmerman being able to put up a defense hoping he will have to use a public defender.
  • by sam on Jun 16, 2012 at 08:31 AM
    @jane. You are a freaking idiot.
  • by If... on Jun 16, 2012 at 06:01 AM
    If I'm walking down a public sidewalk or road, you start following me because your a wanna be cop, well sorry for your delusional thinking, but I'm gonna stand my ground and likely retaliate... PERIOD!! By the way tea baggers, society and law considers a person an adult by age. Last time I checked, it was 18 years of age. That's regardless or height, weight, skin color, etc... Sorry I can't break it down any simpler for you.
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      by Justice for Zimmerman on Jun 16, 2012 at 01:50 PM in reply to If...
      I guess you don't like authority either. You won't be followed, unless you are looking for trouble. Make sure you retaliate for the right reason.
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      by Jess on Jun 16, 2012 at 06:58 PM in reply to If...
      Therein is where your paranoid delusions can get you in trouble when you commit assault and battery on someone that didn't lay a hand on you and also had a right to be in their own neighbor hood. Just because someone asks you who you are doesn't give you a right to beat there brains out. You don't have to answer.
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        by Rob on Jun 18, 2012 at 12:42 AM in reply to Jess
        He said Trayvon confronted him & asked him if he had a problem. George said "No". Trayvon said, "Well, you do now." and sucker punched him in the face/nose. Nobody asked anybody who they were. Crump has been known to tell 80% lies. He & Dee Dee, the girlfriend who wasn't really his girlfriend say George said, "What you doin around here" after having been asked, "Why you followin me?"... and then the ear plug fell out & then the phone went dead, but she could "hear the grass" as she stated when being interrogated by authorities... Yes... She could "hear" the grass. Very unbelieveable. So their story is probably a lie. She didn't go to the hospital either, although Crump make up the story that she did. He also make up the story about running after Trayvon while presumably waving a gun & executing Trayvon as he was hollering/begging for his life just because of the fact that he was black. With all the lies Crump has made, it's hard to get yourself to believe that is anywhere near the truth.
  • by Jane on Jun 16, 2012 at 05:41 AM
    Zimmerman is a murdering coward.
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      by Justice for Zimmerman on Jun 16, 2012 at 01:47 PM in reply to Jane
      Zimmerman and people like him are your protectors. There are 3 kinds of people in this world. the sheep, the wolves and the sheperds. Zimmerman is a sheperd. So whether you like it or not, they are your protectors.
  • by OOOPS Location: Tallahassee, FL on Jun 16, 2012 at 04:29 AM
    All of you need to stop with the racist stuff, you are showing your education. What no one has realized is that Zimmerman was guilty when he went on duty. Even if he has a consealed weapons permit, he cannot carry that weapon in the capacity that he was representing. THAT IS THE LAW. So, Zimmerman cannot carry that weapon on that site while he is a Neighbor Watchman. Read the LAW FOLKS, there is no color there.
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      by show me.. on Jun 17, 2012 at 01:17 PM in reply to OOOPS
      that law.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 17, 2012 at 02:32 PM in reply to OOOPS
      Yes, I'd like to see it too. Oh, that's right, you're just making stuff up, much like Crump, Corey, etc.
  • by Rob on Jun 16, 2012 at 02:03 AM
    There was some congress people who said Trayvon was hunted down & shot in cold blood like a rabid dog... Should they know better to presume innocence until proven guilty? Shouldn't we impeach them out of the congress if they are so irresponsible? And shouldn't we have an explanation from the president for bringing up the color of the subjects' skin? Or what he means that he would look like him? Is he giving favoritism to one of the participants because of race creed or religion? Shouldn't it be equality?
  • by Rob on Jun 16, 2012 at 01:57 AM
    Yeah, Sue, that's what Mr. Crump says in his press conference on March 20. That Zimmerman was presumably flashing his gun and as he caught up to the boy, the boy began hollering out for his life & was executed for being black.
  • by JD on Jun 15, 2012 at 08:30 PM
    How stupid do you have to be these days in order to say stuff on a jail telephone knowing that the conversations are recorded?
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