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Photo Shows Zimmerman's Bloody Face

By December 4, 2012

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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."

See Also:
Photo Appears to Show Zimmerman Bleeding After Trayvon Martin Killing

Earlier Articles:
Judge Grants Motion for Trayvon's Records
Zimmerman's Defense Team Asks for Donations
Judge Steps Down From Trayvon Case
George Zimmerman Charged With Murder

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December 5, 2012 at 9:37 am
(1) Victor says:

Since when does the police take pictures of you in the back of a police car? Usually pictures are taken AT The Scene, or at the station…but in the back of the Police car….hmmm.

But then again as I said, if Zimmerman had followed the directions the police had given him, then this incident would not have happened.
He would still be patroling his neighborhood, and Trayvon would still be alive.

December 5, 2012 at 9:41 am
(2) Victor says:

I left a comment before…
1) OK I’ll admit I only see the police in action on TV,,,but I’ve never seen picture taken in the back of a police car. At the scene yes, at the station yes. in the back of the police car…no. Are we sure this picture is REAL?

2) Had Zimmerman followed the directions of the POLICE this incident would not have happened.

3) The Operative word in Neighborhood watch…is WATCH.

December 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm
(3) Nettles18 says:

Officer Wagner took that photo to show the witnesses too afraid to come to the squad car his identity. They were asking if the witnesses knew either person.

The officer took a picture of GZ face and Trayvon’s face and used his phone to show to the witnesses standing outside the premeter.

The location of the assault, the physical conditions of both parties and the witnesses leave no doubt, Trayvon Martin came back to fight GZ and those screams for help were Zimmermans.

When no help was coming, GZ used the only means he had left to stop the assault. A true tragedy.

December 6, 2012 at 8:19 pm
(4) kelly says:

This photo was submitted into evidence. If the photo is not real, then I am sure the state will have it omitted as fake. Let’s let the pros determine what is real and what is fake.

December 8, 2012 at 6:22 am
(5) Preet Rau says:

You absolutely outdid yourself this article. Awesome stuff

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