EYE-WITNESSES to the Shooting of Trayvon Martin Changed Story Saying ZIMMERMAN Was the Aggressor

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You may not have heard, but several of the George Zimmerman trial witnesses came forward to say that they have changed their accounts of what they saw the fateful night that Trayvon Martin was shot and killed. Each of them expressed that they were never really as certain about their testimony as the prosecution made it out during the course of the trial. After having had the time to reevaluate what they saw from a distance, they have – one by one – come forward to say that they now believe it was George Zimmerman who was on top of the unarmed 17 year old, and that he fired on Trayvon in cold blood.

Rene Stutzman and Jeff Weiner, reported for the Orlando Sentinel that evidence was released back in 2012, showing that “four key witnesses made major changes in what they say they saw and heard the night he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford.”

“Three changed their stories in ways that may damage Zimmerman,” the Sentinel reported. “A fourth abandoned her initial story, that she saw one person chasing another. Now, she says, she saw a single figure running.”

These witnesses, however, did not feature centrally in the trial against Zimmerman, which critics suggest the Prosecution threw. Moreover, the Prosecution did not utilize these changes in testimony to make the case that any initial testimonies that corroborated Zimmerman’s account were later contradicted, recanted or thrown into question by those who made them.

The Prosecution, we should remember, never wanted to charge Zimmerman in the first place. It was a month and a half before Zimmerman was charged. Now, in light of the fact that these key witness testimonies were disregarded and not highlighted, underlined and repeated again and again by the prosecution, it seems that critical claims that the case was thrown might be right.

Below are the major ways in which their stories changed.

Witness 2

A young woman who lives in the Retreat at Twin Lakes community, where Trayvon was shot, was interviewed twice by Sanford police and once by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

She told authorities that she had taken out her contact lenses just before the incident. In her first recorded interview with Sanford police four days after the shooting, she told lead Investigator Chris Serino, “I saw two guys running. Couldn’t tell you who was in front, who was behind.”

She stepped away from her window, and when she looked again, she “saw a fistfight. Just fists. I don’t know who was hitting who.”

A week later, she added a detail when talking again to Serino: During the chase, the two figures had been 10 feet apart.

That all changed when she was reinterviewed March 20 by an FDLE agent. That time, she recalled catching a glimpse of just one running figure, she told FDLE Investigator John Batchelor, and she heard the person more than saw him.

“I couldn’t tell you if it was a man, a woman, a kid, black or white. I couldn’t tell you because it was dark and because I didn’t have my contacts on or glasses. … I just know I saw a person out there.”

Witness 12

A young mother who is also a neighbor in the town-home community never gave a recorded interview to Sanford police, according to prosecution records released last week. She first sat down for an audio-recorded interview with an FDLE agent March 20, more than three weeks after the shooting.

During that session, she said she saw two people on the ground immediately after the shooting and was not sure who was on top, Zimmerman or Trayvon.

“I don’t know which one. … All I saw when they were on the ground was dark colors,” she said.

Six days later, however, she was sure: It was Zimmerman on top, she told trial prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda during a 21/2-minute recorded session.

“I know after seeing the TV of what’s happening, comparing their sizes, I think Zimmerman was definitely on top because of his size,” she said.

Witness 6

This witness lived a few feet from where Trayvon and Zimmerman had their fight. On the night of the shooting, he told Serino he saw a black man on top of a lighter-skinned man “just throwing down blows on the guy, MMA-style,” a reference to mixed martial arts.

He also said the one calling for help was “the one being beat up,” a reference to Zimmerman.

But three weeks later, when he was interviewed by an FDLE agent, the man said he was no longer sure which one called for help.

“I truly can’t tell who, after thinking about it, was yelling for help just because it was so dark out on that sidewalk,” he said.

He also said he was no longer sure Trayvon was throwing punches. The teenager may have simply been keeping Zimmerman pinned to the ground, he said.

He did not equivocate, though, about who was on top.

“The black guy was on top,” he said.

Witness 13

He is important because he talked with Zimmerman and watched the way he behaved immediately after the shooting, before police arrived.

After this neighbor heard gunfire, he went outside and spotted Zimmerman standing there with”blood on the back of his head,” he told Sanford police the night of the shooting.

Zimmerman told him that Trayvon “was beating up on me, so I had to shoot him,” the witness told Serino. The Neighborhood Watch captain then asked the witness to call his wife, Shellie Zimmerman, and tell her what happened.

In two subsequent interviews about a month later — one with an FDLE investigator and one with de la Rionda — the witness described Zimmerman’s demeanor in greater detail, adding that he spoke as if the shooting were no big deal.

Zimmerman’s tone, the witness said, 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.”

These witness accounts should be properly utilized and EMPHASIZED not only for a possible civil trial (as they SHOULD have been in the criminal trial), but also to build a case for bringing federal charges against Zimmerman and even the prosecutor. It should be remembered that the same prosecutor locked up Marissa Alexander for 20 years, and recently saw this case overturned. This is a call for CORRUPTION charges to be brought against the Prosecutor’s office, and for Federal Hate Crime charges to be levied against George Zimmerman. SPREAD THE WORD, and keep the pressure on. It has been too soon for us to forget the crying out of innocent blood for JUSTICE!

13 Comments on "EYE-WITNESSES to the Shooting of Trayvon Martin Changed Story Saying ZIMMERMAN Was the Aggressor"

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  1. Eli says:

    Positions may have been reversed at some point in the struggle but, forensics makes it impossible for Martin to have been laying on the ground when the shots were fired.
    Zimmerman might not be a nice guy, but at the critical moment, he was on the ground and Martin was on top in the final moments of the struggle and the gun going off.
    I find fault in the action of both men, but from a legal stand point, Zimmerman had a right to protect his life by shooting the man slamming his head on the ground.
    Neighborhood watches can be quite zealot about protecting their communities homes and property, especially when there had been a string of robberies recently.

    • coptic777 says:

      Eli your an idiot. I am amazed after zimmermans last incident with his wife and his visit to the same gun manufactor that made the gun he used to murder people like you show your true colors (or lack of color). Forensics? Oh you mean the same forensics that found NO dna from zimmerman on Trayvon in the struggle you just described? Im not even going to continue…. My mother was a nurse for 30 yrs testified at trails the whole 9 she said ita impossible and so did her doctor friends..

    • guy says:

      so any one losing a fight has the right to murder the person they are fighting? another question..if trayvon was on top of zimmerman when zimmerman fired his gun why was there no blood or anything found on zimmerman? were was gravity? blood is guaranteed to splatter when someone is shot that close up…right? trayvon was not on top of him he was standing, or backin off of george and screaming for help after saying “you got it, you got it” to george, than was shot because george was mad at the fight that just happened

    • You find fault in both what! Trayvon, was a child, not a man! Furthermore, how can you find fault with a young boy who was only trying to return home? Zimmerman is a murderer, no doubt about it! His father has been covering up his disgusting acts for years. He is a murdering pedophile, simply put. And he will get his day, along with all the other scumbags that help cover for this monster! Be it hell or on earth, it’s coming.

    • Kate says:

      Zimmerman told the witness that he had to shoot him because he was being beat up. I’ve seen far worse injuries than those sustained by GZ in my working as a school nurse and taking care of kids who were fighting at recess. GZ was told by dispatch that the police were 45 seconds away. They were on the grass at the time GZ shot Trayvon. There was no banging of GZ’s head on the sidewalk or he would have told the EMT’s the same thing. He had plenty of time to make up a story on his way to the Sanford police station. What a whopper he told! He has told five different versions of what happened just prior to his shooting Trayvon. This guy belongs behind bars and at the rate he’s going, he’ll end up there sooner or later. I only hope he doesn’t kill another innocent person prior to incarceration. I’ve been a Nurse Practitioner for almost 3 decades, working in the ER and I’ve seen the results of the type of fight GZ described and his injuries do not fit the description by any means. He’s a proven liar and will pay for his crimes sooner or later. I hope he doesn’t have a moment’s peace for the rest of his miserable life.

    • manns1963 says:

      “forensics makes it impossible for Martin to have been laying on the ground when the shots were fired.”

      Then if it were George Zimmerman that was laying on the ground how is it he had no grass stains on his jacket nor was his jacket wet from the wet grass. What he do levitate to keep from getting wet?

      “I find fault in the action of both men, but from a legal stand point, Zimmerman had a right to protect his life by shooting the man slamming his head on the ground”
      What exactly is Trayvon at fault for? Walking back to his fathers house? Oh yeah we all know how risky of actions that can be. Hell it can even get you killed which is what happened here. Secondly its virtually impossible to stalk someone and then claim self defense. Trayvon had just as much right to defend himself then George did. He was the one unarmed.
      And thirdly, no one head was being slammed anywhere. Who do you know head is so hard that it can be slammed onto concrete and suffer nothing more than two gashes. And on top of all of that they are physically able to walking away and give a fully recount of the incidence. Pleeeese our heads are not as hard as concrete. Concrete can break bone and what are our skulls if its not bone. You’ve been drinking too much of the cool aid. No at the end of the day its George who is at fault, he literally got away with murdered.

    • ReadDeeply says:

      Thank you for that. Between the time GZ hung up with his NEN call and the time a neighbor first called to report gunfire, it was mere seconds. There never was any time for the “25 head bashes into the cement” that the killer claimed. Funny how those little scratches on his head matched perfectly to the edge of his gun.

      The autopsy itself stated that the victim was shot standing up, that he “fell to the ground.” But of course, this case was never about the facts.

  2. JW says:

    why does it even matter he was found innocent so obviously the defense had a better case your arguing over nothing yes a boy lost his life but it’s over with and everyone thinks trayvon was a innocent kid well he wasn’t he was doing drugs and getting in fights he was a “thug” so just drop it and everyone thinks zimmerman was as big as he is now and he wasn’t then he was actually the same size as trayvon and shorter.

    • Elaine says:

      JW – Why does it even matter?!! Are you nuts?!! I am thoroughly disgusted by your comments. Let’s hope that you or no one you know has to suffer the fate of Trayvon Benjamin Martin.

      Your statement is a basically “get over it” statement. Wonder how you would feel if this happened to your child?

    • ReadDeeply says:

      JW: Like so many GZ supporters you are ill informed and have failed to do any research. If you had, you would know that no one thinks he was the same size in court as when he killed Tray. Everyone knows he gained weight for the “trial” so as to appear “soft” and veil his history of fight club training. In fact, GZ had 50 lbs. on Trayvon and three years of extensive MMA training at the time of the murder. If your child had been murdered would it “be over?”

      The only people that ever pretended Tray was an “innocent” kid are the gz supporters. Those of us in the real world know he was an average kid. He smoked a little weed now and then. Which gz had no way of knowing, since he had such a small trace amount in his system at the time of the killing that it would had to have been smoked days prior. So that assertion is moot. Unless you want to consider that most weed smokers are markedly nonviolent. You may also want to reconsider your belief that any and/or all weed smokers should be put to death on the street, without provocation or benefit of judicial consideration.

      Which brings us to our next bit of your misinformation. While gz has an extensive record of violence, against women as well as LE, Tray had no such record. He didn’t “get in fights” ever. He was beat up once at school, eerily enough in much the same fashion gz assailed him (“he was on top of me and there was nothing I could do” TM)and there was no fight. That’s his entire “violent” past. He actually was hoping someone could teach him how to fight to avoid situations like the one just mentioned. As everyone who knew him stated, he was not a fighter.

      Sadly, your use of the word “thug” gives you away. There are no Black teenagers for some people, just thugs. So don’t be surprised if people respond to your use of the poorly placed label by suspecting you are pushing a racial agenda. Now, if you’d done your homework and looked into Tray’s background, you would have realized that you couldn’t call him that and still be credible. As it stands you look like much like a mouthpiece rather than an individual interested in the truth.

  3. R.J. says:

    The media are the ones who helped George Zimmerman get off with this murder. I’m no forensic specialist or law expert but considering all of the “stories and testimonies” that were mentioned and for the most part documented, there’s a such thing called Double Jeopardy (5th Amendment). No matter how many times the eyewitnesses change their stories up to include George himself (a known and sworn liar) can be prosecuted again under the charges he was acquitted of. If it were to go back to the courts, it would be of a lesser charge such as manslaughter which is mandatory 20 years, not life/death penalty. It’s a shame what happened to Trayvon and may his soul rest. Blame the media…. I’m just saying!

  4. ReadDeeply says:

    None of this is news to those of us who followed this case closely from the beginning. And watching the “trial,” it was so obvious that the State was bending over backward trying to shove peoples’ statements into their version of things. The guy who said he just saw “arms flailing” morphed into a statement about punching and hitting. And the “Prosecution” (this is the first I’ve heard that there was one! kidding not kidding) lapped it up like it was vanilla ice cream. Amazing. Still waiting on the DOJ to their job. Not optimistic. I’ve lost what little faith I ever had in this nation’s justice system.

  5. Elaine says:

    correction: justice

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