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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Aida speaks the most sense here. "No one should have to bury a child". Now unless you are on the jury, your opinion is complete irrelevant and fighting on a celebrity website is a waste of energy.

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@ "pseudo" Reed -- Sounds rather uncharacteristic of you!

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also would like to add that you should perhaps read more into the history books! winnebagos, are not black.... but native american you know the people that were here before any of you! there brings another debate that i dont and never will go into because again i wasnt there to say whom were here 1st and so on but if whites can cry about this and blacks can cry about that well lets take it to the beganning and see who really got screwed! pathetic!!! the end! get a life black white asian mexican native, we all have issues we all have faults. see a person for a person not a race, sex, sexual preferance..... because its so old and sickening!! racist, no matter what race you are is a true crime in it self so look deep into each and every1 n fix yourself before you try to judge every1 else!!

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All of you pigs go straight to hell!! Fuck the kkk on this site.

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zachary- nope not black, i guess thats what you get for thinking! i am white and native american. i couldnt care less what tribe is what either but if you would have read it correctly the point i was trying to make is i am tired of hear how guilty i should feel because of slavery, like i have said i dont agree with what happened back than but i wasnt there and if every1 thinks its right to throw that around than i guess the native americans need to start throwing fits 2! that was my only point there and actually i live 45 mins from where this happened and no i dont think some1 is guilty when being charged with a crime from everything ive seen heard and read i have came to believe he is guilty and im sick of listening to people crying about race.... this is justice for trayvon not justice for what happened over 100 years ago! im tired of repeating the same thing so small minded people can twist it into what they want it to say!

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@ niki- it doesn't make a damn to anyone what tribe you are from. From what I can gather you sound like a part of the " Fuchawee" Tribe/ one of which roams the Earth screaming " Where tha F*ck Awww wee". THIS Is ABOUT RACE! I don't give a rats ass about Martin or Zimmerman. I also could care less about people who only rear the "stupid" head when a minority is attacked. Tell me niki! Do you beleive in the justice system or are you one to find an individual guilty as soon as that person is charged with a crime! No- you can't grasp that can you. My money says that you are Black- you with that Winnebago BS!

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@David A - you hit the nail on the head. I agree completely. Black people are forever going to be looking for payback for slavery. None of these asses were ever slaves and have been given handouts their entire lives, yet they want more and more. White people are sick of it.

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david a. and anyone else making this a race issue--------- this is simply stupid!!! trayvon was killed for doing nothing wrong, its complete b.s. and zimmerman needs to be put in prison!!! that is what this comes down to!! you are making this about something its not neither of them r white!!!!!!! so i dont understand how this is a white on black issue! you people make me sick! i am for people, u know the people who deserve justice, no matter what race, disabilitys, age, sexual preferance.....!!! its so funny that you want to call non black people out for wanting justice for trayvon......... i mean come on y fight some1 when they r searching for the same justice u r!!??!! u r making this about you, n thats whats wrong, let this be about trayvon....... go cry some where else... its fucking old!!!!! by the way im native american and im dont throw the race card so kiss my ass and shut the fuck up......... JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON!!!

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that 1: wow, i wish you know how outrageously stupid you sound by blaming me!! i never at any point said "forget", i know it happened and i dont in no way shape or form agree with slavery nor a million other things that have happened but to continue being bitter towards other doesnt solve anything!! you r keeping it alive and by doing that your making it worse not better!! i cant do anything about something i never did nor had control over.... all i can do is make sure not to live that way myself!! you have issues......... get over yourself and quit the pity party because in all actuality the only 1 that can make your life better is you n feeling bad for yourself at gonna do shit!!!! oh n by the way im also 1/2 winnebago native american so i suppose i have the right to cry to...... no fuck you!!!

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Face it! It's the race element that has elevated it to the national level! That's the only reason! If it wasn't perceived as a racial crime you'd never have heard of this incident. I mean, how much of Sanford, Fla's news gets picked up by all the major media outlets?!?