Zimmerman: Trayvon Martin Pummeled Me
Police say witnesses have corroborated much of his account
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 26, 2012 11:38 AM CDT
George Zimmerman's mugshot.   (AP Photo/Orange County Jail via The Miami Herald, File)

(Newser) – Trayvon Martin punched George Zimmerman, climbed on top of him, and banged his head into the sidewalk several times before a bloodied Zimmerman shot and killed him. Or at least, that's what Zimmerman told police in the wake of the shooting, and authorities tell the Orlando Sentinel that witnesses have corroborated a good deal of the account. Zimmerman says he'd given up on tailing Martin after losing sight of him, and was returning to his SUV, but the teen followed him and confronted him.

According to Zimmerman, Martin then asked if he had a problem. When Zimmerman said no, Martin replied something along the lines of, “Well, you do now,” and hit him in the nose. Zimmerman fell to the ground and screamed for help, he says, as Martin slammed his head into the concrete. Witnesses have disagreed on whether the screams they heard came from Martin or Zimmerman, but at least one has publicly said he saw the pummeling. Police also confirm that when they arrived on the scene, Zimmerman had a bloody nose, a swollen lip, and lacerations on his head. But other witnesses have painted a less sympathetic picture of the event.

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scootersrockin
Mar 27, 2012 11:48 AM CDT
Whatever happened to "innocent until proven guilty?" Obviously it looks like self defense. Until true evidence is brought forward stating otherwise, he's innocent. But I would like to see a picture of his bloody face from the incident along with up-to-date pictures of this 6 foot 4 kid. Every picture I've seen of this kid is about 5 years old. If a 6 foot 4 kid started attacking me, I would probably shoot him too.
Qsreed
Mar 27, 2012 6:53 AM CDT
look if Zimmerman is telling the truth then he acted in self defense and the "stand your ground" law applies, if he is lying then he is a psychopath that hunted down and killed a kid in cold blood and the that law does not apply. why do we keep trying to make this political (I say political instead of racial because the racial issue is being used politically)
ProbolyKnot
Mar 27, 2012 4:17 AM CDT
If this wasn't a race issue, why would certain people spend so much time here screaming about how this isn't a race issue?