George Zimmerman–the neighborhood watch captain that shot and killed Trayvon Martin may have been hurt by his own witnesses. Four of the people that were interviewed right after the incident had different stories when they were interviewed for a second time in March.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, one woman said in her first interview that she’d seen two people fighting and then changed her story to not seeing them, but hearing them. The witness said in her second interview:
“I couldn’t tell you if it was a man, a woman, a kid, black or white. I couldn’t tell you because it was dark and because I didn’t have my contacts on or glasses. … I just know I saw a person out there.”
The second witness said in her first interview that she saw them both fighting, but wasn’t sure who was on top. Her second interview was quite the different story:
“I know after seeing the TV of what’s happening, comparing their sizes, I think Zimmerman was definitely on top because of his size.”
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The third witness was adamant about Zimmerman being attacked by Martin and when he was interviewed the second time, claimed:
“I truly can’t tell who, after thinking about it, was yelling for help just because it was so dark out on that sidewalk,” he said.
The last witness that changed their story is significant because this is a man that spoke to Zimmerman directly after the shooting, before the police arrived. His first interview claims that Zimmerman says he shot Martin because he was “beating up” on him. His story took on more detail in the second interview. He commented on Zimmerman’s tone after the shooting, saying:
[It was] “not like ‘I can’t believe I just shot someone!’ — it was more like, ‘Just tell my wife I shot somebody …,’ like it was nothing.”
Sounds like Zimmerman’s self-defense claims may be crumbling around him. I sure hope so! What do you think about Zimmerman’s witnesses changing their stories? Let’s discuss on Twitter @Rhapsodani.
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