This morning, the Defense Team in the Trayvon Martin shooting case released a video of George Zimmerman reenacting and giving his account of the deadly shooting. The material was released by Zimmerman’s attorney on gzlegalcase.com, a website managed by the Zimmerman defense team.
Here’s the video on YouTube:
Arelis R. Hernández reports for the Orlando Sentinel, June 21, 2012:
Moments before, Zimmerman said, Trayvon “emerged from the darkness” and circled his vehicle to confront Zimmerman, who was on the phone with authorities reporting a “suspicious” youth, according to his written statement to Sanford Police.
“I shot him,” Zimmerman said.
Trayvon said back and said, “You got me,” Zimmerman told authorities.
In video and audio evidence released this morning, Zimmerman is heard for the first time in his own words detailing his version of what happened the rainy February night he fatally shot the 17-year-old.
Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Trayvon’s family, said after reviewing the evidence “it is clear to us and should be to everybody, why the special prosecutor charged George Zimmerman with second-degree murder.” Specifically, Crump said Zimmerman was inconsistent in his statements, and altered his explanation of why he got out of his vehicle and walked in Trayvon’s direction.
Hours after the shooting, Sanford Police Investigator Chris Serino did most of the talking during an interview with Zimmerman.
The investigator tells Zimmerman he will face lots of questions about why he thought Trayvon was suspicious:
“Ever hear of Murphys’ Law?,” Serino asked.
“OK, that’s what happened. This person (Trayvon) was not doing anything bad,” Serino said. “He was 17 years old. An athlete. A kid with a future… with folks that care….Not the goon.
“You have any prior training in law enforcement at all? As far as identifying people, what to look for that makes them really suspicious?”
Zimmerman said when they organized a Neighborhood Watch event, there was a Power-Point presentation that addressed that issue.
“If you guys continue Neighborhood Watch, typically the garb is black-on-black-on-black with a black hoodie. This guy had a gray hoodie. But his pants were beige. Not exactly your prime suspect type,” Serino said.
Serino then asks what was going through Zimmerman’s head that night when he made the non-emergency call. Zimmerman then talks about an incident weeks before when he saw a black man wandering around the neighborhood looking in his neighbor’s window.
“What did you see Trayvon doing that caught you as being suspicious?”
Zimmerman said Trayvon was looking at the same house he saw someone casing weeks before.
“You know you’re gonna come under a lot of scrutiny under this, the profiling aspect of this. You understand that, right?” Serino asked.
“Yes,” Zimmerman said.
“I got to ask that,” Serino said. “Like I said this child has no criminal record whatsoever. Good kid. Mild-mannered kid.”
Serino said one of Trayvon’s hobbies was videotaping everything he does. Trayvon had an extensive video library on his phone.
“There’s a possibility that whatever happened between you and him was caught on videotape….There’s a very strong possibility that what’s on there is either gonna help ya or not help ya,” Serino said.
Replied Zimmerman: “I pray to God that someone videotaped it.”
“Obviously you’ve passed a lie detector test and you’ve done all of that,” Serino said. “But if there’s anything that you haven’t said that might be in that phone…”
Zimmerman interrupted, “I prayed to God that someone was videotaping this or that the neighborhood has a video camera that I didn’t know about, or something.”
During the interview, Zimmerman reaffirmed what he wrote in a statement to police that night.
He says things like “You saw a suspicious person, you called the police, you followed him,” and then this exchange:
“He mounted you basically, and he started to beat upon you?” Serino asked.
“Yes sir,” Zimmerman replied.
“At what point did you draw your weapon?”
“After he hit my head against the concrete several times, uh, I yelled out for help,” Zimmerman said.
“Who yelled out for help?” Serino asked.
“I did. And he tried to smother my mouth and my nose. When he did that I tried to slide out and squirm and I realized my shirt came up and I felt him slide his hand toward my right side, and he said ‘you’re gonna die, (expletive),’” Zimmerman said.
Serino: “So he was going for your gun?”
Serino asks about the gun and ammunition.
“I think it was hollow point,” Zimmerman said.
“What happened then?”
“I shot him.”
According to his written statement, Zimmerman’s bullet struck Trayvon in the torso and the teen sat back.
Zimmerman got on top of him to spread the teens hands away from his body and restrain him.
Trayvon allegedly said, “You got me,” the statement said.
That’s when an eyewitness appears and asks Zimmerman if he was OK. Police arrive soon after.
“You’re gonna have anxiety over this and nightmares and everything else, so you’re probably gonna have a hard time with this whole thing,” Serino said. “I’m here for that.”
“He told me he was gonna kill me,” Zimmerman said at the end of the six-minute recording.
“Exactly, he said he was gonna kill you,” Serino said.
H/t FOTM’s beloved Hardnox and Gateway Pundit.