Zimmerman's confrontation with Trayvon Martin avoidable?
Legal panel weighs in
- Duration 7:36
- Date Jun 27, 2012
Legal panel weighs in
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Kelly -- back in session on the docket today new questions.
About whether the confrontation that led to the death of an unarmed Florida teenager could have.
And should have.
Groundbreaking new evidence just released in the George Zimmerman investigation he's the neighborhood watch volunteer accused of shooting and killing seventeen year old train on -- back in February.
This is video on Zimmerman reenacting.
The shooting the day after us.
Zimmerman has been saying all along that he shot -- on -- -- self defense that he had no other choice but now documents and audio files.
Appear to suggest -- Zimmerman may have ignored it.
Several chances to defuse the situation at least that is how the detective on the case Chris -- -- sought to.
He said Zimmerman could simply have stayed in his car and waited for officers to arrive.
And in a report he has issued he suggests that Zimmerman next another opportunity.
To keep things from spiraling out of control it wasn't.
But as you told us how that's your word neighborhood was deuce point values do we -- -- your car.
-- I wouldn't be here right now.
Investigators also saying that when comparing Zimmerman to trade on -- physically Zimmerman was not.
An extraordinary or X actionable or at an exceptional disadvantage.
Arthur I -- a former prosecutor and defense attorney and mark -- -- is a former prosecutor and defense attorney as well.
Settlements and now this is basically the lead detective the lead investigator on the case who who.
Has cast serious doubt on mr.
Zimmerman story this guy apparently -- to charges brought -- the police chief.
Who's -- been fired did not.
Or at least the local DA decided not to -- -- a special prosecutors Brackett brought it -- having looked at what this chief investigator the lead homicide did detective is saying.
Which is -- good for Zimmerman is it relevant now well.
I think is extremely relevant especially since this case is now really in that in the court of public opinion.
Since his lawyer made the bold move to release that self serving statement by his client.
Walking through the crime scene and where everything happened so look we're gonna we're gonna decide this case.
-- here in on television and in the newspapers I've also in a courtroom that is definitely relevant and you know I give me.
A lead homicide detective beaten by definition that's an individual as it.
An enormous amount of experience.
And -- If you if that's what his conclusions -- and I know that weren't from the beginning and the prosecutor just thumbed their nose at them it really makes me question.
Why that was done because his -- this detective really sound like he knows what he's -- Mark the detective says that Zimmerman in his opinion Zimmerman is fear of trade on Martin was minimal.
Said his injuries he suffered were only marginally consistent with a life threatening violent encounter.
And that his actions were inconsistent with those of a person who stated that he was in fear of another subject this guy doesn't believes in it.
His opinion make it in a court of law which is only place I care about is this useless as the G and lasagna.
The judge and even -- solid this guy actually testify.
It wouldn't even come into evidence because ultimately he would be infringing on the jurors -- sole purpose which is determine the facts in the case and whether Zimmerman was legally justified in shooting.
So it would be in my opinion reversible error for the judge to allow this detectives -- to give his opinion about the.
-- -- -- -- on the narrow an appeal corrected and to give me a -- direct that to give the last sentence.
In my opinion this is a homicide.
You're correct the judge would not and should not allow that to come in.
But everything else what are your investigation Joseph Willie showed me UN to individuals with the same -- what does that your message no that mr.
Zimmerman failed to identify himself as celebre in the neighborhood watch group went up -- -- and it's -- I was.
And his car a safe place any.
-- his car as opposed to just staying put it before it and that's when the top to have.
In and out why -- get your reaction that -- I wanna play this this is a second SoundBite control around where he asks Zimmerman about.
Why he'd stayed so close to trade on and whether he felt that put him in danger listen.
Currently there's only alternatives don't.
To tell the police where -- -- what depression was particularly agrees on.
You know all American get up there and say in retrospect there are many things that he wished he had done differently to avoid this.
But the big issue is that the law doesn't preclude him from doing what he did -- -- what he's saying is true.
If he could've done something else in other words he's suggesting he should have said I'm on the neighborhood watch.
Well -- -- a way to get eggs bacon and milk no that's what we don't know whether they'll really wasn't doing a lot of what that does matter because it had.
Have to do with why trade on reacted the way he did it he -- don't look I'm not following the -- you wouldn't hurt you often enable it watched you -- -- -- -- -- -- right -- my brother went to the weather Zimmerman set up the circumstances -- -- confrontation however.
There is also a potentially very helpful piece of new evidence to Zimmerman on that -- we'll discuss it after the break.
So what we have here is a lead detective the lead homicide detective who clearly has doubts about mr.
Story and whether his opinion will come in to court.
They sat down misses are not a question and performed a -- -- stress test which is something less than a polygraph.
On the critical question of the night which is who confronted home right people or they it'll be that the fatal moment.
And he passed listen here.
Did you approach -- you shots now.
That's pretty good happens for him mark I know it's not admissible but is that got pretty good evidence that he was telling the truth.
Well on the court of public opinion I think absolutely extremely reliable the reality in court it's it's right up there would like a -- -- -- you know.
You know it's not coming into evidence what is coming into evidence though is one line that's in the reports that we just -- got which said that there's no witness that can.
-- Zimmerman version of how this took place that's significant.
That's the thing Arthur the only -- we have is -- bond's girlfriend who heard the beginning of the confrontation on on a cell phone but all she heard was.
Why are you following me.
-- one more line and then the phone went dead.
And -- let's bring all the way back now that's where these bail hearings where there's some.
Issues of credibility at the bail hearing within could come into play because now the -- to come an end.
And okay well prospect you know an irrelevant more nonjudicial the probative but that's -- -- judge the argument -- If he's lied under -- before.
Very recently on this same matter.
Then wouldn't you he would he -- a lot of our allies -- there are third his wife asked them how she looked in the -- and he and he said it was fabulous and it's different it's not dog.
Watch it yeah.
You don't know how good I can't I can't let leave that one remark -- now -- -- -- Arthur actually has an app for a lot practice in Italy.
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You know because again.
-- -- -- -- -- It was a mile is on the that -- sudden -- -- -- -- -- mother always watch as she gets upset when my rule against -- they dollars and Nidal.
Yes I had a lot to learn and it wasn't that.
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