George Zimmerman defense releases bloody face photo


Orlando Sentinel

George Zimmerman's defense team on Monday released a higher-quality version of a bloody photo of Zimmerman's face taken the night he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The photo isn't new — a grainy, black-and-white version was released months ago — but it's a higher quality version of the image than has previously been available.

It shows Zimmerman's face bloodied and his nose swollen. In the photo, he is sitting in the back of a Sanford police cruiser.

The image, which was among the latest batch of evidence turned over to the defense by prosecutors, was posted to the Zimmerman legal team's blog.

The defense says it intends to publish the rest of the new evidence “as soon as we are sure it has been properly redacted.”

Meanwhile, the defense also posted a new motion asking for Circuit Judge Debra Nelson's permission to re-depose a police witness, Investigator William Erwin.

The defense wasn't told before deposing Erwin the first time that he had been present when police played a 911 recording of the shooting for Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, according to the new motion.

The 911 call was made by a neighbor who heard the struggle which proceeded the shooting. Tracy Martin, according to Sanford police, said that the voice heard crying in the audio was not that of his son.

However, the elder Martin has disputed the police account of his remarks, and he and the teenager's mother say they believe the cries for help were in fact Trayvon's.

Zimmerman faces a second-degree murder charge in the Miami Gardens teen's Feb. 26 shooting in Sanford. Prosecutors say he profiled and pursued Trayvon.

Zimmerman says he fired in self-defense, after Trayvon attacked and beat him. The case drew international outrage after police declined to arrest Zimmerman, citing his self-defense claim.

He was later charged by Special Prosecutor Angela Corey, who was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott amid growing outcry.

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