Image of bloodied Zimmerman on night of Trayvon Martin clash
Defense team says image bolsters case
- Duration 4:44
- Date Dec 4, 2012
Defense team says image bolsters case
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I -- -- to a case we haven't talked about some time because there is a bit of new evidence that has been released in Georgia governments murder trial.
His defense team says -- this photo.
Was taken by a Florida police officer the night that unarmed teen -- on Maarten was killed.
Zimmerman claims that he shot -- in self defense.
After being repeatedly punched in the face and this may be some evidence of that he is charged with second degree murder.
This trial gets under way in June of this year there's a picture from October.
I'm George Zimmerman and a hearing that happened couple months ago joined now by Eric Schweitzer -- slash -- excuse me the defense attorney.
And Marla to koskie who is a former prosecutor.
Good -- to have -- both you're welcome.
And -- Martha good morning good morning good morning say you know obviously this is gonna be right back in the news is they've got a ton of attention trailer on Martin was a teenager who was walking home from a convenience store -- -- Iced -- and -- George Zimmerman approached him according to what we know about this and he claims that there was a scuffle between the 20.
And that he was concerned that he was gonna get hurt and that he didn't get hurt how before that before the killing happened entry about -- losses like that night.
So we have to go back to some of the evidence here and it is difficult Erik because in these two people were the only ones who were there and who witnessed it.
And one of them is now a lot what do you make of this evidence.
-- pictures worth a thousand words in this case is pictures worth reasonable doubt.
It is worth everything is a silent witness it captured.
What happened it shows bruises and this isn't like the movie.
My Cousin -- would Joseph -- each character.
And Murtha told -- surprise that you get reciprocal discovery.
That is the ability for the state attorney's office to turn over every single police report and pictures.
And this was released later it was originally a black and white photo.
In this photo shows what can be reasonable doubt shows mark shows bruises shows cuts shows reasonable doubt which is everything in a criminal case is -- -- -- be made up that -- that that this photo was released in a black and white version and that now it's come out and color.
And you can see a little bit more of the extent of the damage and we heard mr.
government talking to Sean Hannity about how his nose was broken.
And that was when he began to really get scared.
I think what we on need to really look at is what the investigators had a look at -- what the state attorney's office looks that when they decide to pursue criminal charges against someone.
In this case they sell off the photographic picture -- That -- -- is making a big stink about it because they got an originally a black and white photo -- the quarter -- the discovery allow all that and teams and defense attorneys did go to this -- -- office to in fact have photograph.
And to make copies at any and all discovery so is our timing issue where I think.
That it's a little suspect because the defense funded that all kind Leno yes absolutely I think this is why this is now being raised -- -- a -- What do you think about -- are.
If I may hit and if I mean I would agree which of cots people we'd both be wrong this is reciprocal discovery two cuts he knows better than that they have an obligation.
The state attorney's office to -- orbit every single piece of evidence.
And not hold back on anything.
And it you got here -- -- defense attorney and then you were prosecutor you know I've seen you in many of courtroom you know that the state attorney's office has control over everything.
It is -- them -- them repulsive and disgusting that everything has not turned over there is a court of law there's a court of public opinion.
We want a fair trial would happen the trailer and -- it's sad it's a tragedy.
But we need a fair trial that's what everything is all about.
How how are we doing on that front and there's a picture of young came on -- Who was killed on that night how we doing on that the in the public opinion front because.
Zimmerman has a website he's been you know seeking to raise some money for his defense and then.
This sort of perhaps strategic release of this -- at this time to kind of keep this day it in the public -- one might say.
-- -- I can plan a trip that I think other reports are cracked when they say the timing -- fact that.
All these motions that are being filed now by the defense came I think that what everyone needs to look at is the people that made the original decision.
The original decision to charge him with that second degree murder.
They had access they have the discovery and the defense did get this photograph they gave me an -- You know color photograph now they it was not believe that bailed out available.
For that and -- well you know -- a lot of it's to custody.
-- -- the third Zimmerman felt threatened and felt that his life was truly threatened but we got to leave it right there we'll get back to and Saturday Marlon Eric thank you very much.