Records show Zimmerman had injuries after fatal shooting
Does this help or hurt his case?
- Duration 5:50
- Date May 16, 2012
Does this help or hurt his case?
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That was sort of back in session on the docket today new evidence coming to light in the trade on -- second degree murder case against -- Zimmerman.
Medical records now show the Zimmerman was.
Pretty beaten up when police arrived on the scene the night of the shooting.
He suffered a broken nose black eyes swollen lip and -- is on his head.
The injuries may back -- government's claims that the seventeen year old did serious damage to him.
And -- and fired his gun in self defense.
Given this evidence how does it change the case if at all.
Joining me now just -- -- a defense attorney and former prosecutor and frankly pulled -- Kelly's court was a civil rights litigator and a defense attorney.
-- right now welcome so.
This is all about whether Zimmerman at least the first step is about -- -- Imran can take advantage of Florida stand your ground law the judge decides that.
If the judge says it.
Now it doesn't apply he goes to trial he can still -- self defense he may or may not be found guilty or not -- we don't OK so the question is whether.
These injuries help him either convince a judge that the stand your ground law applies or he feels -- that convinced a jury that it was self defense -- -- what say you.
It's going to help the government tremendously.
Not only because it gives credence to his -- Story has been consistent all along that this was a case of stand -- -- -- self defense.
Now that we know that he did in fact suffer injuries to his face and head.
It totally gives credence to -- story not only that -- but the injuries according to the autopsy report on trade bonds body only consisted of broken knuckles -- consistent with him punching another person this is going to help the defense Brian how.
Does it change the case when we already knew that the two men -- physical.
That you know we show the ABC news picture moment ago but that of the back of -- had the meeting this this suggests he was hurt worse than we knew.
But we -- knew he was hurt that they had a confrontation.
Well first of all I think everybody's jumping on that the George Zimmermann bandwagon here and they're rushing to judgment first of all you'll approve everybody that these old.
Well I met last night I I am -- always reports about Zimmerman his face is all puffed up.
Fraud though he was he was enough fight in Vegas a -- to go boy -- May -- -- Mayweather junior you would have thought he was in the ring.
But I'll tell you what look at that videotape.
Of Zimmerman in the Sanford police department.
And that speaks the truth he's walking around he looks perfectly fine I don't see -- faced all bloodied up I don't see any scarring and and and is.
Are popping up and it's based.
The lowest closing fracture of his nose the medical report says it was a closed fracture his nose up pair of black guys.
And two lacerations to the back of his head not to mention a minor back injury and -- John -- I don't I -- tell me I don't see -- -- on Martin's I should say that the prosecutor.
Contesting -- Zimmerman was injured she's gonna go in there and say he was injured.
Because he was stocking trade on -- and trade on -- fought back that's gonna be her story.
But I think the injuries now that we know what the medical records reveal.
Are not consistent with that -- it -- are equally consistent with.
With Zimmerman basically getting his face back stand by trade bond market giving rise to a self defense defense I again I think it's going to help.
Aren't we let me just read it let me let me read to viewers and -- -- the stand your ground law that's a first step in this inquiry and a judge -- -- decide whether Zimmerman gets take advantage of it.
It says you can't take advantage of it if you are the initial aggressor OK so if if Zimmerman was the initial aggressor -- he somehow provoked -- -- He doesn't get to take advantage of this law unless.
He reason really really reasonably believed that he was in imminent danger of death they're great bodily harm.
And he exhausted every reasonable means to escape now Brian.
He's gonna use these injuries to say I wasn't reasonable.
Fear of imminent death.
Or danger great bodily harm and -- there was no possible escape because he was on top -- Well two things first are respectfully disagree.
That I thought I was a prosecutor in this case I would.
I would challenge the the integrity of these injuries because why is it that that Zimmer -- went to see a doctor the next day.
If he had a broken does what he does see your nose throat specialist why is there a three page report in associated doctor they write to pay two -- on our notes and it also where where the -- This is as manly about race is as a family got -- -- -- am I -- that's right it's not an independent doctor I'll be challenging this is a paid.
-- got a family doctor he should been -- ER.
-- your nose throat specialist also -- the film I wanna see X rays.
Of this fracture I've broken my nose twice playing basketball I currently have a fractured notes this could be a preexisting injury as well.
Also -- -- self defense issue.
Here's here's the point I want to try to make even if you gave Zimmermann the benefit of the doubt that somehow.
Trailer on weren't punched him let's say it's true quickly -- Juan Martin legally has a right to defend himself.
He has a right to defend -- you can't shoot somebody because -- in the middle of a fist fight if that was the case I'd be in jail right now myself.
Well that that's the question -- -- it does that.
Force have to be proportionate to the situation can you can you fight back against this with the gone.
You know I guess in certain circumstances you can't have somebody were bashing my face and I had a gun I would probably -- -- -- so.
You have to get it in government mind was there -- which would give rise to America apple not was -- something else that might give rise to a good self defense probably.
Got two shots to get rid of his case Zimmerman does one before the judge -- them once before the jury got to run guys thank you both so much Brian good job welcome that the thanks that's --