Report: Autopsy shows injury to Trayvon Martin's knuckles
Former LAPD homicide detective Mark Fuhrman reacts
- Duration 6:09
- Date May 17, 2012
Former LAPD homicide detective Mark Fuhrman reacts
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New developments today -- trade on Martin's shooting that could have a dramatic impact on the case.
We are getting reports of autopsy results said to show that the teenager.
Had injuries to his knuckles -- he died of a gunshot wound and they are saying that he also had.
Injuries on his knuckles.
If so it could support George government's claim that he shot for Avon -- in self defense.
Some are pointing to this photo from ABC news that shows the government's head reportedly.
-- and dashed.
Before this all -- they -- on the night that Zimmerman shot and killed -- -- This autopsy the medical reports that came out on Zimmerman yesterday from Zimmerman -- own family doctor are now raising new questions about how this case -- -- handled.
Joining us now someone who is called the entire handling of the case top to bottom an epic failure that's mark -- former LAPD homicide detective and Fox News contributor mark.
Managers in your take on this because you have yet to publicly comment and we have people ripping on the cops people ripping -- the media people ripping on George Zimmerman.
There's plenty of blame to go around in this case but I just want to start by asking you.
Your overall impression.
Of this case.
Well -- My overall impression to be put to put in a couple sentences I would say there is an individual it is an overzealous.
Plainclothes security guard with a concealed weapons permit the -- decided that he knew without any training.
Without any experience in life what suspicious behavior was and he pursued trade Ron Martin to the point war.
Where either -- -- -- was tired of the observation and the following.
-- somehow that distance close where there's a confrontation.
And a shooting.
What -- your thoughts on to what the police knew.
On the night in question and what they are likely now looking at.
As they have the autopsy results coming in and perhaps some other forensic results.
Well let's let's be clear that the autopsy was done within 48 hours of the shooting that means the lead detective.
-- certain things so about this case immediately.
And and even the initial.
Time of the shooting her shortly thereafter.
First thing he knew the cause of death but he knew the weapon that was used and he had the statements of the shooter.
He had the physical evidence of the clothing that of both the via the suspect and the victim.
He had blood evidence blood spatter high velocity low velocity and cast off blood that was either at the scene.
On the individuals and he had the crime scene so it.
He had look let's just say at 75%.
Of what he needed to make a determination in the detectives initial determination was.
He was going to arrest George Zimmerman.
The you talk about how now they're gonna know in the ticketed that angle of the bullet wound that went into a tree of on -- and how that may speak.
Volumes about what was.
What actually happened between the two men tell us.
Well but the angle -- the bullet if trade on Martin is in fact by George Zimmerman account on top of him delivering blows to his head.
And at that time.
George Zimmerman determines that his life is in jeopardy and he shoots straight on -- that means the angle of the bullet.
Will have to match the statements of Zimmerman and especially that they have to walk Zimmerman through this this whole scene.
And -- have him describe that actually it probably demonstrate his position.
The angle of the book would have to be most probably at a -- lower angle on trade on Martin's -- exit with the -- channel.
At a higher level on his back or whichever direction of -- it was it would have to be lower in the front and then the Dessens.
They they they described the distance between the weapon and the wounded as an intermediate range well.
This is where the media -- to fail itself instead of reporting what intermediate range is in the autopsy world they just leave that hanging.
Intermediate range when -- when you're talking about an autopsy on a contact wound is 24 to 36 inches.
Give -- take probably six inches and need it either direction.
I think -- you two to three feet weight from one another is that what you're saying.
Well me and you're also talking about arm span I have I have and arm length on assured of 34 inches so that's within two inches of three -- so.
You're talking about an arm span and that means that people -- -- at arm's distance.
That shooting could have occurred -- that just.
What what what.
The take away here mark I know you don't think the media has handled this right.
You've got opinions about jurors are -- -- arming up.
As a self proclaimed neighborhood watchman walking around that neighborhood it.
What do you think the take away as.
Well other than the take away his first that is a fact George Zimmerman decided that he knew what's -- suspicious behavior was in the armed himself.
And without training that's a dangerous combination -- on Marten is is going through a neighborhood whether it's a shortcut whether he lives -- or not.
I don't think there was suspicious behavior because even question why is this guy following me that the take away is that yes.
You you can't have inexperience.
You can't have lack of training and a firearm in a confrontation.
And have a come out.
-- a good scenario I mean this is never gonna come out well.
The you don't triple on -- Maybe rightfully so finally spun on -- Zimmerman.
And said what are you following me -- what's your problem and Jordan Zimmermann you can tell by all the picture to smaller.
Wait us out on display.
I gotta I gotta -- -- up its heart rate mark -- thank you very much we'll be right back.