O’Mara said a trove of other evidence has yet to be turned over to him, including forensics and FBI reports. Other evidence has been seen by him — but not by the media — because both sides are trying to have some materials sealed by the court.
The media was able to read autopsy reports showing Trayvon died of a contact wound to the chest, which pierced his heart. There was nothing under his fingernails and each person had the other’s blood on his shirt.
Reporters have not been given access to any of Zimmerman’s statements to police. The prosecution said some “are contradictory, and are inconsistent with the physical evidence and statements of witnesses.”
A hearing has been scheduled for June 1 in which the judge will decide whether to seal the confessions and other materials such as the witness names, cell phone records and crime scene photos. The lawyers also want to keep under seal the taped interviews of a woman who made an unrelated allegation against Zimmerman.
“I know things he’s done to me that I would never talk to him, ever again,” the woman said in a brief portion of her interview that was made public.
O’Mara said it will be at least six months before he will have reviewed all the evidence and done all the work necessary to file a motion asking for the case to be dismissed under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.
Orlando attorney Derek B. Brett, who represented one of the witnesses, said it would not surprise him if witnesses were infuenced by heavy media coverage. Ultimately, inconsistencies in witness statements can only benefit one person: Zimmerman.
“I don’t see how they are going to convict,” Brett said. “It has nothing to do with whether I believe my client’s testimony: she saw shadowy figures struggling in the dark. That doesn’t mean much, nor should it. At a minimum, there’s reasonable doubt.”