George Zimmerman Photo Shows Bloody Head, May Bolster Self-Defense Claim

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A new photograph showing the bloodied back of George Zimmerman's head has surfaced, shedding new light on the controversial Trayvon Martin case.

Taken three minutes after he shot and killed Martin, the image gives possible credence to his claim that he fought for his life and acted in self-defense.

The revelation comes as his lawyer and prosecutors prepare for Zimmerman's first bail hearing today, which could result in his being released from jail.

Zimmerman, 28, is being held on charges of second-degree murder for the February 26 shooting of Martin, 17 which could carry a life sentence if convicted.

The graphic image, first obtained by ABC news, shows blood trickling down the back of George Zimmerman's head from two cuts after the altercation.

It also shows a possible contusion forming on the crown of his head.

Though the police video, taken hours after the shooting, did not show any obvious injuries, the original police report that night notes that the back of Zimmerman's head was wet, and that he was bleeding from the nose and head.

Zimmerman told police that night that he shot and killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense after Martin punched him, pounced on him and threatened him.

Zimmerman says Martin was the aggressor and that he bashed his head into the concrete sidewalk inside the Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Fla.

Zimmerman was treated at the scene by paramedics, then cuffed and driven to the Sanford police station. He was questioned for hours and released.

He was not admitted to a hospital or given stitches the night of the incident.

The photographer did not see the scuffle that night, but did hear it. The source saw Martin's body on the wet grass and claims the gunpowder burns on Martin's gray hoodie were clearly visible, indicating he was shot at very close range.

George Zimmerman Bloody Head Photo

The photographer says Zimmerman asked to call his wife. When the photographer asked what to say, Zimmerman blurted out "man, just tell her I shot someone."

ABC News reports that investigators have seen the photo.

"How bad could it have been if they didn't take him to the hospital [and] didn't stitch him up," Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump said in a statement.

He goes on to note that, "The special prosecutor has seen all the evidence and still believes George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin."

Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara says his client will be vindicated:

"He needs to get out. He should not be in jail. I want him out because I need him out. He wants to get out. His family wants it out. It should happen."

In a bail hearing in Florida, the burden of proof to deny bail, even in a second degree murder trial, is higher than necessary to seek a conviction in a trial.

If Zimmerman is released, his attorney tells ABC News that he has a number of potential safe houses prepared to shelter him. Stay tuned.

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i just want the truth and justice.in the beginning i was all for travon and i did listin to the media.i have to sons.the age and race should not even come into this case or any other.i hate travon was shot.but was george going to die that night.let us wait and see.the truth is what we should want.i do not like the gun being used.we are the people and we have to protect are selfs.i have to here both sides and be fair.i do not want to judge either side.i was judding and i had to step back and say .we need the truth.watched rodney king on a talk show.he was so humble.that case was not fair at all.5 or 6 on one.those cops should of pyed.he says he has forgiven.that takes a strong person.let us pray for the truth and hope justice will be served.it was not the right decision in the casey a case.i pray for both familys and the truth to come out.

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Ha ha ha....you tried to crop out the big MALE PATTERN BALD SPOT what happened to the big bald spot on the back of his head....did his hair magically grow back....
that photo is a fake...it sure isn't Zimmerman's head because he doesn't have a big bald spot on top of his head. DUH?

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there never was an Order by the police dispatcher to back off. The dispatcher said "You don't have to follow him" or something to that extent. That is not an order; it is a suggestion and in the negative tense.

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Interesting what you can take from those calling one by their surname (zimmerman) and the other by their given name (trayvon); shows like they actually knew the one that was shot. Why not use George & Trayvon or zimmerman & martin? Just sayin'

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I am confused when looking at this picture. If Zimmerman did get his head slammed into the concrete, shouldn't the gash be a little lower on his head?? The whole point in this case is that Zimmerman is guilty because he did not listen to the dispatcher. He made a decision to get out of his car and confront Trayvon. Now he has to live with the decision he made and accept the consequences that follow. One question I would like answered from him is what made him get out of his car? If he would have LISTENED and STAYED in his car, Trayvon would be alive today! Instead, he wanted to take matters into his own hands and confront a situation that went out of control and ended in tradegic on all parts. Because of this, he is responsible for Trayvon's death. The media needs to back out and let the lawyers do their job. God will expose the truth!!!!

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Not a threat, merely a comment. God bless and have a wonderful Sunday.

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My Lawyer? He's not a funny thing! He claims he can pull right up next to a Hard Drive with a phone call! Do not threaten me.

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IP addresses are funny things, even if you have more than one. The best is when it is done legally. No one is truly anonymous when they state their views. Me? My IP address is bouncing, guess the entitled generation is good for something after all. Oh impish one. You can barely make it a day without mentioning teams. Don't look now but your paranoid schizophrenia is showing. #911

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I gotta hand it to you Leo- every theory you have had as to what happened that day is biased on the thought that ZIMMERMAN is totally guilty.

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P.S.
Signing off on this topic. PEACE