George Zimmerman Defense: Trayvon Martin Struck First, Tried to Grab Gun, Killer Claims

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George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Florida teen Trayvon Martin, claims the teen was the aggressor, laying him out with a single punch, smashing his head on the ground repeatedly and trying to grab his gun, he tells police.

The neighborhood watch captain has not spoken publicly, but Zimmerman’s version of the nationally controversial Trayvon Martin case leaked on Monday.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that George Zimmerman told police he lost 17-year-old Martin in the Sanford, Fla., neighborhood he regularly patrolled.

  • George Zimmerman Mug Shot
  • Trayvon Martin Photo

He was walking back to his vehicle, he says, when the youth approached him from behind. The two exchanged words briefly then, Zimmerman said.

It was at that point that he claims Martin then punched him, jumped on top of him and began banging Zimmerman's head on the sidewalk.

Zimmerman said he cried for help; Martin's family thinks it was their son who was crying out. Witness accounts differ and 911 tapes are not clear.

A statement from Sanford police, who have not charged Zimmerman, said the Sentinel story was "consistent" with evidence turned over to prosecutors.

Because Martin was black and Zimmerman has a white father and Hispanic mother, the case has become a racial flashpoint that has civil rights leaders and others leading a series of protests in Sanford and around the country.

To the dismay of millions, Geraldo Rivera claimed Martin made himself a target with his hoodie. President Obama even spoke out about the case.

Meanwhile, Martin's parents are blaming police for leaking information about their son being suspended from school for marijuana. Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, and family attorneys said it was part of an effort to demonize her son.

"They killed my son and now they're trying to kill his reputation," Fulton told reporters.

Martin was suspended by Miami-Dade County schools because traces of marijuana were found in a plastic baggie in his book bag, family spokesman Ryan Julison said. Martin was serving the suspension when he was killed.

Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump said the link between the youth and marijuana have no bearing on the probe into his shooting death. State and federal agencies are investigating, with a grand jury set to convene April 10.

Sanford Police insist there was no authorized release of the information but acknowledged there may have been a leak. The City Manager, Norton Bonaparte, Jr., said it would be investigated and the person responsible could be fired.

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THe 911 call was altered by Mainstream Media and so was the Video that shows the blood running down the back of the head of Zimmerman. So the facts is he was attacked now does that mean shoot the kid? I dont know, I would say if he went after his gun then yes it was self defense but we dont know that so we have to let the Jury decide.

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This is a continuation from Delta - Zimmerman was arrested for assaut on an police officer. Due to violence against his previous fiance', or girlfriend, she took out an order of protection against Zimmerman. One of Zimmerman's employers fired him citing that he was a liability because, at a party where Zimmerman was acting as security, he picked up a woman and threw her across the room. A few of the people in the community where he patrolled as a neighborhood watchmen complained about his aggressiveness. Another said he was doing a good job as a watchman, but he/she was afraid of him. There was at least two other people that complained of complained of Zimmerman's aggression. Look this up for yourself.

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This is exactly why people are not thinking first. Posting a picture of Martin at 12 years old implies Zimmerman killed a child. Most people don't wait for facts nor do they even bother to read entire articles, they read headlines and look at pictures then their mind enters into the stupidity stage.

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Neci is a stinking ignorant Black Bitch who is Racist by Birth! Don't waste your time.

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Since when is the courtroom on the street? Not enough evidence to arrest? HAH - Zimmerman admitted disobeying the police (at least the tapes do), he does not deny he shot the young man. Race aside (though I believe it thoroughly relevant)the attacker should be arrested and then have a day in court. (Though I wish he would just hang himself)

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@ naci actually HONEY all my facts are correct. Don't you watch the news? And the above reported news confirms my facts. Your people did sell blacks ( its taught all over the world) you need to get your facts straight first you state " your people were forced" then in the same sentence state " given money for your people's children". So who's ignorant now? Two different statements in one sentance make your mind up you obviously dont know the "facts" Shame on your people for being greedy and selling your kids.

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@Anon, lol lol lol ha ha haha lol what the fuck are you commenting about! Before you are trying to put out some facts, make sure that you have the correct information. Honey, first of all my ancester were force by the white american yrs back to give away there families. Yes, the white american in those days threw money at my people to make them sale their kids. Lol lol lol lol back in those days alot black people was raise by igornant ass white people to hate against our own kind. Man, you sound ignorant ass hell lol! And for the other's who keep commenting about why was Trayvon was in that community, simply because his father have stayed there. Read the whole story, before some of you start making up shit. It dosn't matter what this kid look like, the issue is he was being follow by this jerk Zimmerman. How would some of you react on somebody following you? You all keep coming with what does Trayvon look like at a 17 yr old age. We'll the funny thing is, they have already showed it.

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I have never lived in a country where racism comes mainly from blacks and not any other race. Some kid in a gated community that doesn't belong there, alot bigger than his killer, attacks first, gets killed and he's the victim? Oh and not forgetting its a racist attack. When will this country grow up and stop catering to these people. WE were all slaves at one point and DO NOT forget it was the blacks that sold their own people as slaves but unlike the rest of the world America either does not teach that or it's not spoke of. We do not owe you anything and the Jewish people were treated far worse in the haulacoast than slaves but you never here a peep from them. People get killed all the time but unless it's white on black then it never makes news. And zimmerman was Hispanic and white. So does this now make it less of a racial crime? How about showing all these black on black gang member killings?

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I can pretty much assume the culture of each person who commented above...except 4the officer (kudos 2u 4being apart of the "human" race. Your comment was very objective and level headed.
I keep asking this 1question (of myself):
How does a man prepare himself4 confrontation with another man by carrying a loaded firearm outside his home, persue an unknown (n possibly dangerous) man, voluntarily/unnecessarily confront him after calling proper authorities, THEN HE CLAIMS SELF DEFENSE. Trying 2understand what was his motive, and I'm wondering if Mr. Zimmerman has a mental health illness

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In my best Sean Connery "Ya shouldn't bring a bag of skiddles to a gun fight"

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