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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@Tequila I've been here awhile, silly. Your Troll Patrol hides behind you! Ha! You just surface to make terse little comments and they carry out the dirty work! Nice organization. Btw, you are stupid! I'm not Reed! Hahahahahahaha! You think everyone is REED--what paranoia!


LOL.......and its me that doesnt hind behind various different such a loser..and I think you know it too...that's what's worse right........LOL


@Tequila911 Thanks for coming out and verifying what we already knew. Team 67, the site trolls are out doin' what they do! Ha! Like we didn't know. Your retarded grinning face is always such a giveaway when it pops up. Tell all your little toadie friends including 67 "Hi" for us! Btw, you folks DO get a life once in awhile...right?!? Hahahahaha!


Its so cool that people like Buckskin (Reed) can say that Obama is not his/her president..LOL...that is the f--kin epitome of f--kin denial...LOL...its comments like Buckskin's that bloody amuse me..LOL.. Us native: I couldn't have said it better yo!
woe: You don't even wanna bother..seriously..the KKK is not worth ur time...especially since its ONE USER with various various handles! But I see ur point tho! AND you zeroed in with ur commen-- "I dont take well to generalized comments to ANY race of people so I will not stoop to your level sir "buckskin" but by your name i think i can safely assume you are a redneck who likes to hunt..."!!!!!!!!!!
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LeNaye: exactly!!


Why is zimmerman referred to as a 'white-hispanic'? Should we refer to Obama as a 'white-black'?


@Svetlana If it's all jibber then why worry about spelling and grammar. Unless they put video feed on this site we shall all remain a mystery, won't we! Really don't know what I would Do about it. I mean, it is what it is.


When I was 17 I beat up a few dudes that were about zimmerman's age. My dad taught me how to fight.


@bubblygum: it's all jibber when your nameless and faceless from a computer.. DO something about it if you don't like something. Everyone wants to play blame games and have an opinion. Most people probably can't find their own a$$ with both hands, much less construct a complete sentence. Everyone has an opinion and this is a generic forum to express it.


@Svetlana I realize good spelling and grammar makes better read generally. However, it really does come down to CONTENT!!! Go to the heart of what others are saying. That's what counts.

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