Doc: Zimmerman's Wounds 'Insignificant'
'Injuries are so minor they are not consistent with grave force'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 3, 2013 7:05 AM CDT
Defense attorney Mark O'Mara holds a photo of George Zimmerman, taken the night of the shooting of Trayvon Martin, during cross examination of Jacksonville medical examiner Valerie Rao, July 2, 2013.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

(Newser) – A Jacksonville medical examiner dealt a blow to George Zimmerman's argument that he was defending himself in a life or death struggle when he killed Trayvon Martin, calling the wounds the defendant suffered that night "insignificant" and "non-life threatening." Dr. Valerie Rao also said that based on the wounds, it was possible Zimmerman's head was only slammed into concrete once, rather than over and over as he has said, ABC News reports.

"If you look at the injuries, they are so minor they are not consistent with grave force," Rao said. "If somebody's head is banged with grave force, I would expect a lot of injuries. I don't see that." But under cross examination, Rao admitted that Zimmerman's head could also have hit the concrete multiple times, and that the abrasions on Martin's knuckles were consistent with him having punched someone. For complete Zimmerman trial coverage, click here.

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Jul 7, 2013 6:42 PM CDT
It looks like "Neighborhood watch means just that" stand there and watch them steal you blind or take whatever they want. The system is sending a message.
Jul 6, 2013 2:09 AM CDT
I don't give a crap if he was on duty or off duty. My elderly mother is the only neighborhood watchman at her apt. when the management leaves. I worry about her because she preachesto them and loves the kids. I'd rather she just leave them alone, but if she ever had to shoot one of them crack-whore mongers I know she would be int the right. Personally I think we should declare war on the drug-dealing bastards and thin out the trash heap.
Jul 5, 2013 8:17 PM CDT
I have a neighbor who has friends with kids. One of his friends boyfriends got out of jail recently and brutalized her. He is a meth-maker and a child-molester. She had asked my friend to get him out of her house. He's kind of a neighborhood nice-guy bad-ass.Well, guess what: when he tried , the guy called the cops and then went out of the house with a hammer and hit my friend "insignificantly" in the head and across the back with it. The girl had shown him her bruises just prior, so he was pissed before the cops arrived from the other side of the county. So my friend beat the sh!t out of the guy even though he had a hammer, and the cops later show up. Suddenly, the girl is defending the hammer-guy because he was hurt, and so did her molested daughter. My friend insisted that the cops go and examine the girls, and they would not. So he got upset and was arrested for"breach of the peace". Moral of the story: If my friend had a gun and had shot him, he would have been well within his rights in S.C., and the cops wouldn't have turned the tables on an innocent man. Personally, I don't think any of you "realize" anything.