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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@Courtneyj6 I disagree. There is an under current of racism in this country and this case merely brought it to the surface and the attention of America. You can't get around the racial aspect of this case. If you researched recent black on white crimes you'd read in some of them blacks proclaimed "Justice for Trayvon" as they beat an innocent white person. It's sad that it is the way, Courtney, but simply put? It is what it is. If we ever needed a strong, unifying leadership from the Oval Office--it is now. But, it's not been forthcoming.

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why can`t anyone stfu about race.this is not a race issue,the media made that race shit up.and now everyone is running along with it when you can`t see the bigger picture, a boy is dead, a man is being held responsible, and the stand your ground law needs to be changed if they do have evidence that he was in the wrong here, if not, then atleast revise certain parts of it so people don`t see this as a reason to go shot people legally (makin up claims of self defense) and get away with it. Now morons out there with guns are educated on the law. but if some race war starts over this, America will look like fools.

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blacks will learn with this case that they cant do whatever they want anymore. zimmerman will be found NOT GUILTY and blackey will have to accept it!

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@ SNOWCRASH 7- You could not have said it better! To corner a dog is dangerous. This BS is coming to a head by any means necessary. This " I will do what ever I want to Whitey" has run its corse. Hold on to your ass.

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Snowcrash 7 is right. I'm shocked at the number of black on white crimes happening in the U.S. at the moment. One happens every few days. Some have had perpetrators that have shouted "Justice for Trayvon" yet the media and even law enforcement has been too cowardly to admit they are race-based crimes. It's sad how more divisive this nation becomes on racial issues. Actually, it makes one feel the worse thing for American race relations was electing a black President. He's obviously NOT a unifier!

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I'm so sick of this being a bloody race issue. Blacks calling out whites, whites blaming all crime on blacks. Its ridiculous! A 17 year old young man is dead because some vigilante decided to confront him. Was Trayvon beating him? Maybe. Was Zimmerman wrong to shoot him? Maybe. Until all the evidence comes out, all this speculation bullshit is just that. Bullshit.

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A poll 91% say Zimmerman will NOT be convicted of murder while 9% say he will be. Of course, these folks will not be selected for the jury, but hey, it does track the court of public opinion. The majority are most definitely with Zimmerman on this one!

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No metter the why want to put it it still fall on it's feet, it means Gorge Zimmerman is NOT guilty, but the Black afriCON is guilty for the reason was shot death, Merci beauocup? Piss-off BLACKS. go back in afriCON for we are going to supply you with : Coca-Colsca, hamburgers, chicken, nuggets generally speaking all delicacies, do you know to read what I wrote? fuck in the glory of you PIGS gods even the seventh-day adventists, kingdom of mali is not in ameriCON it is in afriCON back where you live by : macumba and voodo like your father.

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What I find fascinating are the squawks of those who believe Zimmerman is guilty of murder. They seem to be totally oblivious to the fact that across the country blacks are attacking whites, maiming them and killing them and those stories are very rarely even covered by the mainstream press. Well folks let me clue you in on something, not all white folks are that dumb as to be totally ignorant of that fact. They are arming themselves and are prepared to defend themselves and their families. So you 12% of the population responsible for 90% of the crime..keep it up.

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No metter the why want to put it it still fall on it's feet, it means Gorge Zimmerman is NOT guilty, but the Black afriCON is guilty for the reason was shot death, Merci beauocup? Piss-off BLACKS.

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