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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LOL dionne....blacks are 12.5% of the population in the US...keep dreaming sista.You fall every census.

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American Blacks are lower then vomit.I don't support Trayvon nor Zimmerman because they are both non-whites therefore i don't give a fuck.Yet,africant americunts continue to bitch and throw out the race card every chance you get,,zzzz...its getting old mr bojangles.

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and Real deal yall pissy asses cant get away with shit no more they gone do yall like they did them white fuckers in california when they found those damn cops not quilty beat tha fuck outta yall beat yall bloody! this aint no slavery blacks takin ova more of us than it is yall now talk about that and even if zimmerman gets 1 or 2years guess who gone fuck em up in prision??? the blacks bitch!

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I mean really the judge or whoever needs to think about what really matters is that he called 911 and said there is a suspicious looking man with an hood on and they asked zimmerman where was he and he said in front of the clubhouse community center,and they specifically told him not to do anything that authorities would handle it he ignored that and followed Trayvon he was harassing him!

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i have family (non blood and blood) that are of other races!! but it is people like you that help make this world a fucked up place!! it really disgust me reading what you wrote!! if you have read what trayvons parents have said, you would see that they dont want this to come down to race....... yes some things that may have been said or done might have been about race BUT....... zimmerman is NOT white..... so how do u truly justify saying shit about white people????? i have no idea what happened before i was born..... and the history i have read makes me very upset BUT that wasnt me that wasnt my mom my dad my grandparents........ i cant tell you what people did 100 + years ago and i dont think i should have to appoligize or be treated like shit because im "white" when i personally have never done anything except treat every1 and yes EVERY1 as my equal!!!!!!!!!!!!

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kimtwist- i truly take offense to what you have said! i also..... from day 1.... have been for justice for trayvon and i totally 100% believe that zimmerman needs to be locked up!! i live in florida and think the stand your ground law is bogus! i am very against racism towards absolutly any race!! i have always and will always be against racism!!!

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Zimmerbitch is Guily as Sin! The Mutherfucker had no business following Trayvon, he was told not to. He deserved to get his ass beat he deserved to be shot. The wrong person is dead! That child was minding his own business. I can't believe you pigs believe he deserved to be killed for fighting for his life. If Zimmerman had listened to the police dispatcher and not followed Trayvon he would not have been shot by this asshole. May he rot in hell, I hope someone gets to him before he makes it to court so all of this publicity bullshit can be laid to rest properly. Lets see how his family feels when they look at his lifeless body. One more innocent dead black child. Whites have been dehumanizing black people for hundreds of years how dare you scum proclaim black on white crime Fuck all of you crowardly pigs!! Zimmerman needs to fry for this otracity and for all of you that believe he's innocent you need to sizzle with him!!

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i`m not going to argue to explain that the media fixed up phone calls and what not, which got al hyped up and had him also start making it about race, then that georald, george or whatever his name is guy who started the hoodie issue. Therefore, media has turned it into race..and idiots are feeding the medias fire when this was not about race to began with.

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@Courtneyj6 Is Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson part of the media? No. Oh, they strived to obtain media attention, but they through their rhetoric and community organizational efforts stirred up the racial issue with this case. Are the new Black Panthers working for the media? No. Yet, these individuals helped to make it a heated racial issue in the most threatening ways. Media merely gave them a platform.

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the media made is racial, then people fed off that and made it worse.

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