Trayvon Martin Case: Witnesses' Changing Stories May Hurt George Zimmerman

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Witnesses in the Trayvon Martin case have changed their stories "in ways that may damage" George Zimmerman, according to new reports.

The four witnesses, all neighbors, were interviewed multiple times by police and special prosecutors about what they saw on February 26.

That was the night in which Zimmerman fatally shot Martin in Sanford, Fla.

Four days after the shooting, one woman told police she "saw two guys running" and then "a fistfight ... just fists, I don't know who was hitting who."

But on March 20, she told investigators she saw just one person.

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"I couldn't tell you if it was a man, a woman, a kid, black or white," the woman, "Witness 2," said. "I couldn't tell you because it was dark and because I didn't have my contacts on or glasses. I just know that I saw a person out there."

Another witness, who was initially interviewed on March 20, said she saw two people on the ground immediately after the shooting.

She was not sure who was on top then, the Orlando Sentinel says. Six days later, however, she was sure: It was Zimmerman on top.

The woman, "Witness 12," said:

"I know after seeing the TV of what's happening, comparing their sizes, I think Zimmerman was definitely on top because of his size."

A third witness, "Witness 6," told police on the night of the shooting he saw a black man (Martin) on top of a lighter-skinned man.

The assailant was "just throwing down blows on the guy, MMA-style," he said then, noting that the light-skinned man was calling for help.

Interviewed later by investigators, he said he was not sure who was calling for help, and says he is not sure any punches were thrown.

A fourth witness said he heard the shooting that night, ran outside, and saw Zimmerman standing with "blood on the back of his head."

According to "Witness 13," Zimmerman, who claims self-defense, told him that Trayvon Martin "was beating up on me, so I had to shoot him."

A month later, the same witness described Zimmerman's demeanor:

"[It was] not like 'I can't believe I just shot someone!' It was more like, 'Just tell my wife I shot somebody,' like it was nothing."

He faces the charge of second-degree murder for his actions.

Zimmerman is free on bail, having pleaded not guilty at his arraignment nearly two months after the killing, for which he was not initially charged.

Last week, Trayvon Martin's autopsy report was leaked to the press and contained information that some felt benefited Zimmerman.

It's not clear why the witnesses' accounts have apparently changed or what impact they might have on the murder case when he is tried.

We welcome your comments and theories below.

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This what I want people to know, you just can't go around stereotyping people just because of their look. That is wrong, and alot of you know that it is very wrong to assume people of different race. Most of you all are use to looking at other race as bad people for an excuse, just to prove your racism. Most of the time I go onto a website and be seeing what be going on in the world today. So here it is about race, that is involved in every post. Do I believe that racism can be stop? No! Do I believe that it can take a whole neighborhood to raise a kid? Yes, if they were brought up by the right people around them. But even tho you have somebody to help raise your kid, there are still going to be problem's just because there are a igorant person in this world today that be stereotyping. Everytime you see a person looking funny are strange, it don't give you the right to follow that person. When you are following a person, that's how trouble start.

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thank you to the both of you- to the sad girl and voice o reason- all i wanted was for someone to see what i had meant! i was being told i was wrong and having being white thrown in my face, for what? i have no idea! i know that my dream is and always will be a dream and its sad because i know i would rather have my daughter grow up being hand in hand with every1 rather than the risk of being shot for some messed up stupid reason! its truly sad and aggravating.... i wish people would stop blaming people 4 things they had never even done and grow up and move on!!! truly pathetic!

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I agree with "To the Sad Girl". It would be nice to live the dream of everyone1 getting along in this society. It won't happen. Why? The Human Condition! It'll always be the challenge of mankind to seek some sort of acceptance and peace. Niki hopefully we learn from the past, however, we see in today's world so many do NOT! There's a very significant racial problem in this country. We need to work it out. However, we have no real leadership assisting us in Washington especially the White House and the Dept. of Justice. We don't have a media that is able to get beyond their obsession with political correctness rather than focusing on telling the truth. We have leaders such as Sharpton and Jackson who prefer to "set fires" instead of assisting ALL members of a community to find solutions to this age old problem. When these individuals and groups get serious about wanting to truly improve the race relations..we may finally see improvement.

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Cont- @ Niki- I do like your Dream- you know- Walking Hand N Hand- putting down the sword . Yet I'm afraid a Dream is what it will stay.

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@niki, i have to comments about your post. 1. when white people wear hoodies, they keep the head part down. black people always put the head part up over their head, for the purpose of not being recognized while doing a crime. 2. black people kill a lot of people; that is true by looking at the prison population. blacks cant expect white people to accept that. of course they will defend themselves against a black person. based on the high black population in prison, it would be stupid for anyone to not suspect a black person of harming them, especially at night!

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NO MO HOODIES! SHOW YO FACE!

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justice for zimmerman! in news all we read about is how blacks are out there shooting everyone, blacks, whites. here a white guy defends himself from a black thug and its news? zimmerman will be found not guilty and all you losers will have to accept it. take off your blue tooths and get jobs!

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there will never be a day where every1 gets along and its sad! there is no reason not to, the past is the past and we cant change it.... all that we r able to do is learn from the past and move on in a better way of life. i have never acted out towards any1 because of there race because i know thats wrong. it takes to much energy to be mad and upset about the past. it is sad to see all the people that are stuck in the past (expecially seeing as its the past that they were never subjected to) and refuse to move forward and try to make the world better for the next generation simply because its easier sitting around crying without benefit!! sad.... we as a world are some sad individuals!!

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voice o reason, i see where you are coming from and what you are saying but i agree with jackie... its absurd that this has had to be played with the race card because i dont believe thats what it completly about, to a certain extent yes because he had the messed up illusion that a hoodie means a bad person but zimmerman is not white either he may not be black but hes not white and i feel as if this has allowed people to put down white people as a group and that is not fair.... not all white people are the same just as not all black people are the same..... some people that wear hoodies are up 2 no good and some arent, it should be as simple as that!

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@Jackie Nope. This is an opinion site. Everyone has a right to express their opinion. The Constitution will have to be altered before FREE SPEECH is allowed to be held hostage. True the jury will decide this case, but all others here have a right to share their views here. Race is an issue here. Trying to play it down now is simply--too little, too late! That train has already left the station.