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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I really hate how this Zimmerman posts always degenerate into a race issue!! If someone shot my child....i dont know what I would do. And thats the point at which some of us non-blacks connect to this story. No one should have to bury their child. The race thing is just a dumb distraction.

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Trayvon Martin got shot and killed for going to the store and buying Arizone ice tea and Skittles. Why???? Zimmerman didn't have to stop him and didn't have to kill him.Zimmerman's a killer.

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oh lord..it became a race issue because of idiots like you! I`m not naive, I just know that if the media and dumbass people wouldn`t keep going on about race, it wouldn`t be such a big deal. It was not about race, a boy died, a man shot him. no race there. if it werent for the media editin and makin it racist then people feeding off that, it wouldn`t be racist or all over the news. This same issue happens almost everyday, but the media took the story bc it had ways of altering it to be about race, now they have a train of idiots following behind them.

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Let me guess, most of the witnesses are black? The evidence alone should prove self defense. Besides the bullet hole, the only bruises Trayvon had, was on his knuckles. Pcp, on his system, besides the bullet. Zimmerman had a fractured nose, deep lacerations on his head, other cuts and bruises, the back of his clothes, were wet from the ground. He probably had stains in his underwear as well, but doesn't want anyone to know. Zimmerman was afraid he was going to be beaten to death, he did what any armed person, being physically attacked, would do. Trayvon was also about 1/2 foot taller.

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Mrs martin called mr sharpton because she felt she would get no justice rom the Sanford police dept,because of the long history of racism. If your police dept is not on your side who do you turn too? Yes! Trayvon may have jump on mr Zimmerman,but we dont know if mr Zimmerman push or hit trayvon first. We just dont know. I do find it funny that forensics can't tell if he was shot standing up or from being on top of mr Zimmerman. So here some help if he was shot from no more than eighteen inches

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@Laverne...you can't bring George up on disobeying police because it was a DISPATCHER WHO SAID NO NEED TO FOLLOW!!! NOT A COP. DISPATCHERS HAVE NO AUTHORITY! How bout if only Trayvon's parents had done some parenting he would be alive today? Trayvons ass should have been grounded not using his drug money to get Skittles and tea.
@Courtneyj6.....wtf. This is a race issue. Why do you feel ALL the witnesses changed their story? Don't be so naive.

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If you read closely you will see that this is not about zimmerman or martin- this is about payback. Slavery? Look what you did to us! To think that if Zimmerman goes to jail and all will be well is insanity. This is about WHITE MAN OWES BLACK MAN! Read the comments below. This is the mentality. There is no denying it. It's right there.

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Below are the reasons why whites cannot stand to be around blacks. Clarity? It's self explanatory. Just read the comments. When Zimmerman is found not guilty, then what? Maybe an OJ verdict part 2? Where the whites stand and cheer just as hundreds of blacks did after OJ's double murder? Then what? Take to the streets? Then what? Everyone just sits and watches while they are being assaulted? Ahhhhhhhhhhh NO! That's where the Dream ends.

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Somebody behind the system is protecting Zimmerman from day one. I believe that Zimmerman is lying about what happen on that night, when Trayvon was gun down by him. This guy followed a kid, just because he looked strange. I have been done with the racism and I see that there are some racist people on the this site.

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@Nikirl33 Neither you or your parents owned slaves but that doesn't mean you have not benefited from slavery. Slave labor built this country and just because it didn't happen in your lifetime doesn't mean your family's hands are clean. Likewise, just because I was not a slave doesn't mean I should just "get over it". What happened to our family members who were slaves is well known to all of us. Our loved ones were kidnapped, murdered, raped, fed garbage, breastfed white babies, worked to death in the fields, and brought and sold with less regard than animals receive today. The fact that whites would rather pretend like it never happened is proof of their guilt, and the reason why we can not heal from the injustice we suffered and why we're prepared to burn this mutha down at the first hint of disregard for lives like Trayvon Martin. So don't try to understand it, because you NEVER will, the best thing you can do is stfu and keep your opinions about slavey to yourself.