Prosecutors: Zimmerman 'Confronted' Trayvon

That's not what he has told authorities
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2012 7:17 PM CDT
George Zimmerman appears in court.   (AP Photo/Gary W. Green, Orlando Sentinel, Pool)
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(Newser) – The prosecution's affidavit in the George Zimmerman case doesn't contain any bombshell revelations, report the Orlando Sentinel and CNN. (Read it yourself here.) But it does flesh out the rationale for the murder charges. Specifically, it says:

  • Zimmerman "profiled" Trayvon, then ignored a police dispatcher who told him to stop following on foot and wait for an officer to arrive.
  • He used the phrase "these f---ing punks" when talking about Trayvon.
  • Trayvon told a friend on the phone (apparently his girlfriend) that he was frightened because he was being followed and didn't know why.
  • Zimmerman "confronted Martin and a struggle ensued."
  • Trayvon's mother identified cries for help on the 911 call as belonging to her son.

The affidavit does not factor in Zimmerman's side of the story, notes the Sentinel. He has told authorities that he did stop following Trayvon and that the teen confronted him as he was returning to his vehicle. The 28-year-old suspect made his first court appearance today, and his attorney says he will eventually plead not guilty.

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