Florida prosecutors today released evidence in the murder case against George Zimmerman which revealed, among other things, that Trayvon Martin never touched George Zimmerman’s gun.
The Orlando Sentinel reports: Among the new evidence is a series of DNA reports from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. They reveal that DNA tests on Zimmerman’s gun and holster found evidence of multiple handlers, but none that matched Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old Zimmerman fatally shot in Sanford Feb. 26.
This is important because part of George Zimmerman’s defense is that Trayvon Martin went for his gun. Although this doesn’t prove that Trayvon Martin didn’t make a move for Zimmerman’s gun, it does prove that there was never a physical struggle for the gun. Even if Martin reached for the gun, Zimmerman was never in danger of losing his gun to Martin since Martin never touched it. So the defense that Zimmerman was forced to shoot Martin because Zimmerman was in a struggle for his gun is shaky at best.
Additional evidence includes photos of the crime scene as well as emails to then Sanford police chief Bill Lee, which were received during the investigation. Most of the emails castigated Lee for not conducting a fair investigation.
The new evidence also includes a drawing by one witness, which depicts Martin, who wore a gray hoodie, atop Zimmerman, who was dressed in a red shirt.
Prosecutors also released a dispatch record, showing to the minute when Zimmerman called police and when the gunshot was heard in the background of a 911 call by a neighbor.