I’m not sure how such a significant detail could remain hidden unless media and prosecutorial bias were firmly in play, but if I were George Zimmerman’s defense attorney, I would think that Zimmerman’s initial 911 call all but obliterates Angela Corey’s already thin second degree murder affidavit.
“At 2:07, Zimmerman tells the dispatcher, “He’s running.”
At 2:09, you can hear a car door open and an alarm begins that is undoubtedly the “door open, keys in ignition” warning on Zimmerman’s truck.
At 2:13, you can clearly hear the car door slamming shut, and the alarm stops.
At 2:17, Zimmerman’s voice wobbles and he starts breathing heavily into the phone, indicating that he has started running.
At 2:22, without any prompting other than the aforementioned noises and breathing, the dispatcher asks “Are you following him?” to which Zimmerman responds, “Yeah.”
At 2:26, the dispatcher says, “Okay, we don’t need you to do that,” to which Zimmerman responds, “Okay.”
Zimmerman proceeds to give the dispatcher his name. Then he says, “He ran.”
Zimmerman can still be heard breathing into the phone until about 2:39, at which point the heavy breathing stops entirely, a mere 13 seconds after the dispatcher asked him to stop following. A very calm and collected Zimmerman then proceeds to give the dispatcher his own information, directions and a description of his location for another 1 minute and 33 seconds.”
George Zimmerman tried to follow Trayvon Martin, which was entirely legal (those who would argue otherwise need to bone up on Florida’s stalking law). After the dispatcher seems to grasp Zimmerman is most likely attempting to run after Martin, he says ““Okay, we don’t need you to do that.”
Zimmermans’ response? He says “Okay,” and seemingly terminates the pursuit. He speaks to the dispatcher from his current stopped location for another 93 seconds.
A minute or so after that, Zimmerman tells the dispatcher, “Oh crap, I don’t want to give that all out. I don’t know where this kid is.”
Zimmerman’s own 911 call strongly suggests that he was not following Trayvon Martin.
If this does anything, it reinforces Zimmerman’s side of the story that he had stopping attempting to follow Trayvon Martin, and it was Martin who turned the tables upon him, assaulted Zimmerman, and led to the circumstances of his own demise.