- Post 22 May 2013
- By Atlanta Daily World
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George Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Meara and his legal team have released a number of new photos that were obtained by the Orlando Sentinel as Zimmerman is set to begin trial for second-degree murder in Florida. The release include pictures of Zimmerman after the altercation he had with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and are expected to be used during his trial.
In addition to pictures of Zimmerman, the release includes new photos of the clothes he and Martin wore the night the teenager was killed by Zimmerman.
Those new photos were taken by Zimmerman's defense team in August at a state crime lab. They show pieces of evidence after they had been analyzed, including the bullet hole in the hoodie Trayvon wore and the gun Zimmerman used.
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The Orlando Sentinel reports:
Many of the photos were released last year, including some from the night of the shooting. They include now-iconic photos that show Zimmerman with a bloody nose and blood on the back of his head.
Five of the photos show Trayvon about an hour before the shooting as the 17-year-old bought Skittles and a soft drink at a 7-Eleven.
Some of the photos appear to support Zimmerman's claim of self-defense. For example, photos taken at the Sanford police station that night after he's been cleaned up by paramedics show a cut across the bridge of his nose and several areas of redness – perhaps abrasions - on the back and sides of his head.
One of the right side of his head, shows six areas of discoloration.
But police close-ups of Zimmerman's hands show no evidence of cuts or scrapes, something you might expect on someone who had just been in a fight.
The photos are part of a set of evidence that defense attorneys late yesterday released to prosecutors, notifying them that they may be used at Zimmerman's trial, which is scheduled to begin June 10 in Sanford.
Among the new photos are two that show Zimmerman in cap and gown at a graduation ceremony at Seminole State College. School records show that although he went through the ceremony, he did not graduate because he failed an astronomy class in the fall of 2011.
He was pursuing a two-year degree in criminal justice. Zimmerman was taking three courses at the time of Trayvon's death, but school officials kicked him out after the shooting, citing safety concerns.
Defense attorney Mark O'Mara did not release several of the photos he notified prosecutors that he might use. That's because of Florida privacy laws, but they include a half dozen autopsy photos of Trayvon plus 17 taken of him at the scene of the shooting.
The defense disclosure also includes video from several television news broadcasts, including those in which witnesses were interviewed.