• Initial police reports never mentioned that Zimmerman had a bloody nose or a wet shirt that showed evidence of a struggle. Attorneys for the dead teens family believe the information was added in a second report to justify the lack of an arrest.
• Police said witness statements supported Zimmermans account. But several of the witnesses expressed surprise, telling The Herald that they reported hearing someone crying for help just before a shot ended the cries. The 911 tapes of witness calls bolstered their claims.
• One of the witnesses who heard the crying said she called a detective repeatedly, but said he was not interested because her account differed from Zimmermans.
• For nearly a month, police never noticed a profanity Zimmerman mumbled under his breath when he called police, which some people believe was accompanied by a muffled racial slur.
• Even though investigators have the dead boys cell phone, it was Trayvons father who combed through the phone records to discover that his son was talking to a girlfriend in the moments that led up to his death. Police never contacted the girl, who told lawyers that Trayvon was alarmed because he was being followed.
The department defends its investigation and says it welcomes outside oversight. In an interview last week, Lee said the query into Trayvons death was color blind and thorough.
He insisted that evidence collected at the scene and from witnesses did not provide enough probable cause to refute Zimmermans version that he shot Trayvon in self defense, and says it would have been against the law to arrest him.
They are saying that things that arent factual, that we had admitted that we didnt know about George Zimmermans criminal history, which is not true, Lee told The Herald. We ran his history that morning. I said, He doesnt have a criminal history, anything that prohibits him from having a concealed weapons permit which is true. He has an arrest record, but he has not been convicted of anything.
The squeaky clean quote was out of context, Lee said, and critics are basing their opinion on what is being portrayed in the media.
Trayvon was shot Feb. 26 while walking home from a store where he bought Skittles and Arizona iced tea. Zimmerman called police about seeing a suspicious person, and was recorded in breathless pursuit.
In at least three police interrogations and a videotaped interview, Zimmerman told police he was on his way back to his truck when he was approached from behind by Trayvon, Lee said. Zimmerman said Trayvon attacked him. In fear for his life, Zimmerman said, he reached for the Kel Tek 9mm semi-automatic handgun he kept in a holster on his waist and fired.
Attorneys for the family say that the blunders that followed demonstrated that detectives never intended to arrest Zimmerman.
Police never went knocking door to door that night asking if anybody was missing a kid, the familys attorney, Benjamin Crump, said. Thats because it never occurred to police that the boy wasnt a burglar, so they patted Zimmerman on the back and sent him home, Crump added.
They acted like, Were sorry you had to endure killing this teenager, he said. They make it look like Zimmerman is the victim.