ABC’s Matt Gutman and Seni Tienabeso have an exclusive report today that a medical report compiled by the family physician of George Zimmerman found that Zimmerman had sustained a “closed fracture” of his nose, a pair of black eyes, bruising in the upper lip and cheek, two lacerations to the back of his head and a minor lower back injury the day after he fatally shot Martin during an alleged altercation. Of the two lacerations on the back of his head, one was nearly an inch long, the other about a quarter-inch long.
Zimmerman faces a second degree murder charge for the Feb. 26 shooting that left unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin dead. Zimmerman has claimed self defense in what he described as a life and death struggle that Martin initiated by accosting him, punching him in the face, then repeatedly bashing his head into the pavement.
Zimmerman declined hospitalization the night of the shooting. The morning after the shooting, on Feb. 27, Zimmerman sought treatment at the offices of a general physician at a family practice near Sanford, Fla. The doctor notes Zimmerman sought an appointment to get legal clearance to return to work. Zimmerman declined the advice of his doctor to make a follow-up appointment with an ear nose and throat doctor.
A neighbor told ABC News that the day after the shooting he saw Zimmerman as he spoke to officers outside his home. He too recalled seeing black eyes and significant swelling — as well as a bandage over his nose.
Moments after the shooting Zimmerman told eyewitnesses he had shot Martin in self defense. He later told officers his head was being pounded into the pavement and that he feared for his life, but that it was only when Martin seemed to reach for Zimmerman’s gun wedged in his waistband that Zimmerman drew his weapon and fired directly into Martin’s chest — killing him.
Zimmerman was granted a $150,000 bail on April 20, and has gone into deep hiding.
Bolstering Zimmerman’s defense is a report by Orlando TV station WFTV that autopsy results show that the skin on Trayvon Martin’s knuckles was torn when he died — injuries that appear much less serious than Zimmerman’s bloody head wounds.