Last night, state prosecutors released a large amount of evidence — including 183 pages of documents and numerous multimedia files — related to their murder case against George Zimmerman. Here are eight notable pieces evidence that were just made public:
1. Two days after Trayvon Martin’s death a woman called the police to say that George Zimmerman has “racist tendencies” and is “fully capable of instigating a confrontation.”
The woman refused to identify herself.
2. PHOTO: Trayvon Martin’s can of Arizona Iced Tea
According to the police, Martin’s body was under the yellow tarp in this photo.
3. The lead police investigator wanted to charge Zimmerman with manslaughter.
“The encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin was ultimately avoidtable by Zimmerman, if Zimmerman had remained in his vehicle and waitied the arrival of law enforcement, or conversely if he had identified himself to Martin as a concerned citizen and initiated dialogue in an effort to dispel each party’s concern.” The lead investigator wanted to charge Zimmerman with manslaughter notwithstanding the fact he believed it was Zimmerman, not Martin, yelling for help on the 911 tapes.
4. PHOTO: The gun George Zimmerman used to shoot Trayvon Martin.
5. One witness was “adamant that there was no physical fighting at the time the gunshot rang out.”
6. PHOTO: New picture of George Zimmerman the night of the shooting
7. Trayvon Martin’s father initially said he did not believe his son was the one calling for help on the 911 tapes.
“Help keep our community safe…Call George Zimmerman.”
9. VIDEO: Trayvon Martin buys Skittles and an iced tea at 7-11 minutes before his death.
Some critical evidence, however, was not disclosed. All of Zimmerman’s statements to the police, for example, were exempt from disclosure at this time under Florida law.