For the first time in the second-degree-murder trial of George Zimmerman, jurors Monday heard a gripping narrative in the defendant’s own words about his fatal shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.
But much of what was presented in audio and video recordings of his statements to police investigators didn’t quite add up. A close listen to Zimmerman’s version of the events reveals contradictions and seemingly implausible facts.
The tapes start with Zimmerman acknowledging that he followed the 17-year-old as he tried to give the boy’s location to a police dispatcher on the phone. He said the altercation began when Trayvon “jumped out of the bushes” and said, “What the [expletive] is your problem, homey?” before saying, “You got a problem now” and punching him in the nose.
The prosecution played the four statements, including Zimmerman’s video re-enactment on the day after the shooting, in its effort to highlight inconsistencies in his account that he shot Trayvon in self-defense. Jurors also were presented with the written statement Zimmerman provided to police in which he repeatedly refers to Trayvon as a “suspect.”