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25 Jun 2012

Video shows Zimmerman’s account of fatal fight

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June 25, 2012 Category: Stateside Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO: After his bond was revoked, George Zimmerman returns to the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford, Fla., Sunday, June 3, 2012.

(AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joshua C. Cruey, Pool)

 

Associated Press

 

SANFORD, Fla. — A newly released video shows Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman at the scene of Trayvon Martin’s fatal shooting a day later giving police a blow-by-blow account of his fight with the teen.

 

In a video posted on a website by Zimmerman’s defense team, Zimmerman said Martin saw his gun and reached for it as the two scuffled on the sidewalk at a gated apartment community in Sanford. That’s when Zimmerman said he pulled the gun and shot the teenager.

 

The tape shows two butterfly bandages on the back of Zimmerman’s head and another on his nose. There are red marks on the front of his head.

 

On the tape, Zimmerman did a reenactment of the scuffle with Martin in the moments before he shot the 17-year-old from Miami. Zimmerman said Martin kept “slamming and slamming” his head on the sidewalk. “It felt like my head was going to explode,” he said.

 

Zimmerman told police the confrontation began when he saw Martin walking toward him on the evening of Feb. 26.

 

Zimmerman had already called 911 after spotting the teen in the neighborhood. Police say Martin was staying at his father’s girlfriend’s townhome in the Retreat at Twin Lakes, a gated community in Sanford. The teen was walking back to the home after going to a nearby convenience store.

 

Martin was reported missing by his father, Tracy Martin, the next morning.

 

The Orlando Sentinel reported that Tracy Martin called 911 the morning after the teen’s shooting and said he had been missing since the night before. During the 3-minute call, he gave the dispatcher identifying information about his son. A few minutes later, the dispatcher called back to get more information about the teen and told Martin an officer was on his way for an interview.

 

Officials released a transcript of the 911 call Wednesday.

 

Also last Wednesday, having lost the trust of officials, a city manager fired a central Florida police chief who was criticized for his agency’s initial investigation of Trayvon Martin’s shooting death at the hands of a neighborhood watch volunteer.

 

Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte said in a statement that he relieved Chief Bill Lee of duty because he “determined the Police Chief needs to have the trust and respect of the elected officials and the confidence of the entire community.”

 

“We need to move forward with a police chief that all the citizens of Sanford can support,” Bonaparte said. “I have come to this decision in light of the escalating divisiveness that has taken hold of the city.”

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