A photograph taken on the night Trayvon Martin was shot to death shows shooter George Zimmerman with a bloody face and an apparent broken nose. The photo was taken by police officers at the scene of the Sanford, Florida shooting while Zimmerman was sitting in the back of a police cruiser.
Earlier images from the night showed Zimmerman bleeding from the back of his head.
Defense attorneys posted the newly-released high-definition photograph on Zimmerman's defense case website. The defense believes the image backs up Zimmerman's story that he was being beaten by the 17-year-old Martin when he fatally shot him in the chest in self-defense.
Getting Photo 'Like Pulling Teeth'
In posting the photo on the website, the defense team made this statement:
This is a photo of George Zimmerman taken by a police officer on the night of February 26, 2012. A black and white photocopy of this image was provided by the State in the first Discovery. This high-resolution digital file was finally provided to the defense on October 29, 2012.
This image was disclosed in the State's 9th Supplemental Discovery. In accordance with the updates to our media policy that we published on November 13, we will be making all public documents related to the case available on our website, including the rest of the State's 9th Supplemental Discovery as soon as we are sure it has been properly redacted according to the Court's stipulations on protecting information regarding specific witnesses.
Originally, Sanford police did not file any charges against Zimmerman. After protests from Martin's family and supporters, a special prosecutor was appointed in the case and filed murder charges against Zimmerman.
Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara said the discovery phase of the case has been difficult.
"We kept asking for a digital copy and then we had to file a motion [in court] to have it submitted." he told reporters. "It just seems like it's been pulling teeth for discovery in this case."
Photo: Mug Shot