New Documents Released in Zimmerman Case

Posted May 18th, 2012 by Leah R with No Comments
Trayvon was shot through the heart at close range.  Zimmerman had a broken nose and bloody cuts on his head.  Very small traces of marijuana were found in Trayvon’s system.  What does this all mean and can it shed any light on the most highly publicized case since Casey Anthony?  Maybe.  I’ve written about the Trayvon case in several blogs and my opinion remains today what it was in a prior blog in that all things considered I still don’t believe the prosecution will have enough evidence to overcome “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
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In examining the new information contained in the released documents, initially you can go ahead and throw away the mention of THC or marijuana in Trayvon’s system.  There has yet to be a affirmative level released speaking to the amount of THC in Trayvon’s system, however it is reported that the level was so low that it would have played no role in Trayvon’s judgement, reaction, or demeanor.  Like a DUI charge related from an allegation of marijuana influence, it is extremely difficult and always rebuttable to allege that amounts of THC in one’s system affects their motor system or ability to function mentally.  Considering that we know the levels are low, it is likely that Trayvon ingested the THC so remotely in time related to this incident that it would not be a factor.  If anything, proponents (not necessarily the Defense team) of Zimmerman will chirp about Trayvon being no angel.  Ultimately, from this attorney’s position, the THC or marijuana is not a major factor in this case based on what we know at this moment.
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Trayvon was shot at very close range.  Generally when one is shot with a handgun at close range, it is difficult to determine whether the shot was fired from a standing position or from the ground absent any bullet markings on collateral objects.  This is exactly the case here.  Were I representing Zimmerman, if the evidence was pointing toward a tussle on the ground when the gun was shot, I would argue that since the bullet went all the way through Trayvon, that there would likely have been some form of marking on either the concrete or soil where the tussle took place if Zimmerman were getting the upper hand in the fight.  Granted, this is not going to lead to a Perry Mason evidentiary moment, but it could bolster a Defense claim that Trayvon was on top of Zimmerman at the time the shot was fired.
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There is a picture of Zimmerman with a bloody nose on the evening of the altercation in addition to a paramedic report mentioning a 1 inch laceration on his head and a forehead abrasion.  Generally, Zimmerman is described to have had a broken nose, bruises, and bloody cuts on the back of his head.  This will certainly bolster Zimmerman’s account that he was getting the short end of the stick during this melee, however it speaks nothing to the notion of who was the initial aggressor.  Just because Zimmerman may have been taken to task by Trayvon doesn’t mean that gave rise to his right to shoot the young man.  Conversely, if Zimmerman approached Trayvon civilly and Trayvon attacked Zimmerman without provocation, Zimmerman’s stand your ground right may have engaged.
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With all that said, what about the screaming voice asking for help on the 911 call?  Chris Serino, the lead investigator in this case, played the 911 tape for Trayvon’s father who denied the mystery voice was that of his son.  If it wasn’t Trayvon, circumstantially it was likely Zimmerman.  That washes when compared to the injuries sustained by Zimmerman.  Again, there has been nothing come to light to explain who the aggressor was.
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After all the documents have been released, and all the information reviewed, it seems as if there is no more conclusion as to what actually happened on the night of Trayvon Martin’s death.  We can speculate and play the “if this, then that” game all we want but it just seems there is a missing link in the chain.  A link that’s necessary for conviction.  Again, at the end of the day, the burden of proof and persuasion falls upon the great state of Florida.  If they can’t show that Zimmerman was the aggressor and/or had no right to enjoy “stand your ground” they will lose this case handily.

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