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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@Eyeslikelightening Of course nothing will happen to the Black Panthers, now if roles were reversed, Sharpton would have a million man march screaming racism. A huge double standard that gets swept under the rug.

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I don't blame the Black community for their reaction to the Zimmerman case. It is the fault of the media and its pundits for hyping this up

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@Gizmo Good point. What I worry about with the Zimmerman case is that we are going to see anarchy in the streets if Zimmerman walks. The tension is mounting. I mean what do you say when the Black Panthers already had put a price on the man's head. Said they had a hit man ready to go. Holding up a poster "Wanted: Dead or Alive--" Where's the U.S. Justice Dept? Why aren't they taking the Panthers on investigating THEM for a Hate Crime?!? The horrendous bias here reeks to high heaven!

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PS Hope Buckskin knows better. Something tells me? He most certainly does! Behave kiddies...we got your number! And have a great Saturday! :)..:)..:)

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@ Wow...never said he was judge and jury...YOU ARE, fool! Yeah, neither one of us were there...yet you have a set opinion, don't you! Ha! And you're trying to reflect that somehow that's okay for you? Sorry it doesn't resonate! Zimmerman's comments in court were based on 3 questions that Trayvon's family were wondering about. He never said the kids age would have made a difference. There's bloody evidence Trayvon was pummeling him...thus, makes a case for self-defense!! When any person whether they are 17 or older attacks some one drawing blood...he needs to realize that person may just defend themselves and they may be armed. The Constitution still secures that right for every American. So, get over it!

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Should I remind you of the Rodney King days where INNOCENT white people were beat because of a verdict the black race would not accept? When OJ was acquitted did you see white people beat INNOCENT blacks? No! So maybe just maybe the white race is tired of the double standard reverse racism!

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@eyeslikelightening so zimmerman was the judge and jury? " Trayvon knew exactly what he was doing" what exactly was that? Without using speculation because neither you nor i where there...you see your comment was outrageous at best...zimmerman said in court "i didnt know how old he was i thought he was a little younger then me" why do you think he said that? Do you think it would have made a difference rathee or not he killed trayvon if he knew he was much younger than he thought?

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@Buckskin. What a shame u weren't around during the Civil War. With ur gun x pertise & brilliant strategic thinking u could hav led the Confederates 2 victory instead of defeat! Poor GZ! It was the series of actions perpetrated by HIM that set the whole thing in motion. GZ provoked that poor kid in2 a fight. All Trayvon knew was some unknown person was following him. GZ would not hav been so aggressive if he hadn't had the gun. In his zeal 2 protect HIS neighborhood he showed a wreckless disregard 4 human life. That's y he was charged with 2nd Deg Murder. It is the appropriate charge!!

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@buckskin the only person who is sterotyping is you...ALL other races see blacks violent? Lol ok that is just like saying all other races see white people as racist....and yes there BLACK PEOPLE THAT HATE WHITE PEOPLE JUST AS THERE ARE WHITE PEOPLE THAT HATE BLACK PEOPLE NIETHER IS RIGHT EHAT IS YOUR POINT? YOU KNOW I CAN CONTINUE TO ADDRESS YOUR TIRED IGNORANT SELF HOWEVER ITS SATURDAY AND I HAVE THINGS TO I WILL LEAVE YOU WITH THIS SIR....NO MATTER WHAT YOU SAY ITS OK BECAUSE THIS CASE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH Y YOU FEEL THIS JUST AS THIS CASE HAS NOTHING TO DO WHY SOME BLACK PEOPLE FEEL THE WAY THEY DUDE THE MAJORITY NEEDED SOMETHING TO BLAME WJEN THEIR TRUE COLORS ARE REVEALED...SO SIR PLEASE CONTINUE BELIEVING WHAT YOU BELIEVE AND I WILL CONTINUE TO LOVE YOF INSPITE OF ...HAVE A FANTASTIC SATURDAY :)

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Buckskin from Texas~ You gotta b Reed. Sooooo many peep got linked to u @ fb. Dude ur racist.