Some particularly dishonest members of the media have attempted to claim that George Zimmerman was uninjured after the confrontation with Trayvon Martin in which the Florida teenager was shot and killed, in a transparent attempt to try and convict Zimmerman in the court of public opinion. Now Zimmerman’s neighbors are coming forward to confirm that they saw his injuries the very next day, bolstering his claim that he shot Martin because the teenager was trying to kill him by smashing his skull:
George Zimmerman had bandages on his nose and head the day after he shot Trayvon Martin dead, neighbors of the gunman said.
These statements support the neighborhood watch volunteer’s claim that he was beaten in a confrontation with the 17-year-old.
The extent of Zimmerman’s injuries could be critical to his defense under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law, which allows the use of deadly force when someone has the reasonable belief he could face death.
Zimmerman, who was charged with second-degree murder in Martin’s death, was bleeding from the nose and back of his head after the Feb. 26 shooting. He was treated by medics before being taken to Sanford police station, his former lawyers said.
Meanwhile, Zimmerman’s next-door neighbor Jorge Rodriguez, told Reuters that when he saw Zimmerman the day after the incident, “he had two big, butterfly bandages on the back of his head, and another big bandage…on the bridge of his nose,” while he was talking to a police detective in his driveway.
Rodriguez’s wife Audria also said she saw the bandages and a third neighbor, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said, “I saw two bandages on the back of his head, and his nose was all swollen-up.”
Frankly the extent of defensive injuries should not matter in a self-defense case, as people can commit all sorts of life-threatening acts without successfully injuring a person first, like shooting at someone and missing, swinging or stabbing at them, etc. That said, when injuries are present that suggests the other person was the aggressor and was attempting to use deadly force or a deadly weapon–in this case, concrete–then it certainly doesn’t hurt the defense.