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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I will agree with some of you all, the truth will come out soon. Something still telling me that Zimmerman is trying cover up his butt. So if the police told Zimmerman not to follow the young guy, oh we'll he was looking for touble. How would some of you feel when a person is following you? I know alot of you will react on that situation.

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April 10th is around the corner. Stop jumping to conclusions and let the story unfold. People are so quick to jump the race gun.

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Your wrong! If the killer was black it would not have even been on the news. Most of these TV stations won't even let their reporters report that a suspect is black.

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The truth will come out so let's all just settle down and wait for that moment.

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THIS IS BULLSH*T!! Im shockd no 1 has lit his ass up. If the race of these 2 were reversed, the "black killer" wudv been on death row, ALREADY. A f*ck'n shame. I really hope he burns n hell

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So, let's not focus on the 30 shootings that took place in Chicago two weekends ago - a violent 48 hours that saw babies and teens being shot and killed.

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Note to self: If you ever have to defend yourself and use deadly force, make sure the other person is the same color as yourself. Otherwise you will be a racist! He was suspended for marijuana residue. Maybe if his parents did some parenting he would still be alive today! House arrest would have saved his life.

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HOW DID TRAYVON COME UP FROM BEHIND HIM IF HE WAS FOLLOWING TRAYVON??? THE MORE YOU LOOK AND LISTEN, THIS GUY IS JUST SAYING NOT ONLY IS THERE BLATANT DISREGARD FOR BASIC RIGHTS(SPEECH,MOVEMENT,ETC) BUT ALSO THAT SANFORD FLORIDA IS FULL OF IDIOTS!!! BECAUSE HE'S NOT IN JAIL AND THEY ARE ENTERTAINING HIS GARBAGE!!!!! SO IF LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS THE SENSE TO OBJECTIVELY EXAMINE THE EVIDENCE ZIMMERMAN WILL GO TO PRISON FOR THIS SENSELESS ACT!!!!

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I believe that man is guilty. He shot that unarmed boy. He was told not to follow him. Funny this version of the story didnt come out before. Probably because it took some time to make it up. He needs to be charged. He followed him because he was black and wearing a hoodie. So what? Im white and wear hoodies all the time. If im in the wrong place at the wrong time and somebody thinks im a threat, does that hoodie make me a target? All excuses for him to look like a hero for catching a "bad guy" who turned out to be an innocent kid.

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mannnnnnnnnnnn i am mad that was my homeboy, that man need to go to jail

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