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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It's amazing how many people cannot spell nor use proper grammar. A lot of you should have paid more attention in school and be less concerned w/ whatever it is you're concerned with.. Your words show how uneducated you are!

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The blood does not look real!

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With all the controversy, why is this photo just now coming out? And while yes, you can see that he was injured, but when was this photo taken. Where's the credibility? And, with as much bashing his head supposedly gotten, there would have been more blood surrounding the areas. I find it awful funny how blood is running the wrong direction, instead of more down his neck or more of a pooled area. This photo does NOT line up with someone whose head was continuously pounded in ground for over a minute. Nor with someone who was laying on their back that long. You can bet there is going to be a long line of doctors contesting his story based on forensics and blood trajectory.

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There were no witnesses to this so for all we know he could have bashed his own head on the floor upon realising how much sh!t he'd be in. Who is he kidding? No person in their right mind, even a feral youth, would attempt to tango with a man armed with gun!

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To everyone i never stated my opinion on the case one way or the other nor will i..so dont assume you know i agree or disagree with zimmermans actions my only thought i will express is ALL OF THIS IS SAD AND IT HURTS TO KNOW THAT SUCH A TRAGIC CASE HAS BROUGHT OUT THE WORST IN MANY PEOPLE...black and white and i can only pray that when justice and the truth (what ever that may be) come all races will behave thierselves....god bless and have a fantastic weekend and feel free to past judgement on my sincerity because i am black and cant possibly be nice (corina cornia thats to u dear)

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@ Corrina u r as critical as u accuse me & Woe of being. U don't evaluate the actions of GZ. Ur 2 busy criticizing opinions different than ur own. I observe "suspicious" people periodically in MY neighborhood. But I hav judgment enuf 2 no that what APPEARS suspicious 2 me may not b suspicious in reality! Under no circumstances wood I rush out WITH a gun 2 follow & eventually confront some1 because I didn't think they belonged in MY neighborhood! He did well 2 apologize 4 "the loss." He committed 2nd deg murder & I hope he's found guilty. It wood b a good message 4 the rest of u gun toting zealots whatever the race who r willing 2 take the life of some1 "suspicious" who happens 2 b in ur precious neighborhood!

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People who scream racism need to find a new battle cry. Reverse racism is alive and black people with a chip on their shoulder need to get over it. The race card is played too often. People should be humbled and proud that they're standing on the "shoulders of giants" and we are where we are today because of our ancestor's suffering. The USA is a much better place than places like Africa where civil strife is rampant, AIDS, kids with flies on their face.. Be a citizen of mankind and stop toting around this inferior attitude everyone.

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@corrina this is my first time on this site i found it when i googled to find the pic of zimmerman head and i am a nice person i dont agree with the black panther parties racist ideology or anyother racist idealogy... buckskin was expressing facts as he and maybe others see them...and thats cool my caps were because i just did them not because i was upset peoples opinions do not upset me i have many white friends as i do spanish black asian etc specifically because i was raised around all...i dont know buckskin to not like or hate him and i personally would never wish harm to anyone..

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Black or white....if it was your son and someone kill your baby....how understanded would you be...@eyeslikelightening how could you said "get over it".....what about feeling like a human not a color.

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You court people are looking like you are trying to cover your mistake and that you may be working with his father. Why didn't the first video show the bloodied back of head or maybe he got hit in th prison for a pictures sake? I don't even believe I am hearing about bail right now while court proceeding still ongoing or is it because your weak immature brains think this killing weighs less than the killing of Kayla Golden. You mentally and emotionaly disturbed black, white, hispanics, Asians, church people politcian, medical professional, men, women, etc. Don't kill just to be in the news. You are not in touch with reality and you need medical attention. You don't create drama to make a headline and that is what I think a lot of you are doing and it must and will stop with or without your cooperation. No more battles of the sexes, races, religion, etc. We can put things back together.