George Zimmerman’s defense team released a photo of a bloody Zimmerman today, apparently taken moments after the events that led to the death or Florida teenager Trayvon Martin earlier this year.
Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012, though he has claimed that he shot the teenager in self defense. The photo released by Zimmerman’s defense attorney, Mark O’Mara, was allegedly taken shortly after Martin was killed.
On his website, O’Mara writes:
“This is a photo of George Zimmerman taken by a police officer on the night of February 26, 2012. A black and white photocopy of this image was provided by the State in the first Discovery.”
Zimmerman is currently out on bail as he awaits trial. O’Mara set up a website, GZLegalCase.com, to upload pertinent evidence from the case and to take donations for Zimmerman’s defense fund. The defense team recently came under fire for selling Zimmerman’s autograph to help fund his defense. On this subject, O’Mara wrote on the website:
“The Miami Herald used the headline ‘George Zimmerman to sell autographs to pay expenses,’ to describe the policy of the New George Zimmerman Defense Fund of sending signed Thank You Cards to individuals who donate. For those who look for opportunities to criticize George, we understand that the idea of sending Thank You Cards might be seen as an attempt to sell signatures to gain donations … However, that is not George’s intent. George has expressed a desire since the beginning of this ordeal to thank those who have supported him, not just financially, but also those who have offered their kind words and prayers, and he has wanted to send Thank You Cards for some time.”
The Washington Post notes that the bloody Zimmerman photo is a bracing reminder of the violence that led to Trayvon Martin’s death, but argues that the picture doesn’t close the case in Zimmerman’s favor. DNA results on Martin’s hands didn’t show any foreign material, and Zimmerman’s sworn statement says that he pulled Martin’s hands away from his own body after killing him. Police found Martin’s hands under his body, which seems to contradict this claim.
There are still many unanswered questions in the case, which will hopefully be answered when the trial begins this summer. What do you think? Is George Zimmerman innocent or guilty?