New Tapes Released of George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin Shooting Case
June 21, 2012 | WMFE - George Zimmerman recounts his version of the night he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in newly-released audio and videotapes. The recordings are from interviews Zimmerman gave police in the hours and days following the February 26th shooting.
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Zimmerman tells investigators Martin was the aggressor, explaining he called police to report Martin as a suspicious person because the teen appeared to be walking slowly in the rain and scrutinizing homes in the Sanford gated community. Zimmerman says he left his SUV to get the street name for police, and returning when Martin jumped out of the bushes and asked Zimmerman if he had a “problem.”
“And I said, ‘Hey man, I don’t have a problem,’ and he goes, ‘No, now you have a problem,’ and he punched me in the nose. At that point, I fell down. I tried to defend myself. He just started punching me in the face, and I started screaming for help. I couldn’t see, I couldn’t breathe.”
Zimmerman says he shot Martin because the teen reached for his gun during the scuffle, saying, “You’re gonna die tonight.” But Zimmerman grabbed it first, he says. He shot Martin in the chest.
The attorney for Martin’s family says variations in the story across the tapes show Zimmerman is lying. Benjamin Crump has said witness accounts state Martin was trying to get away from Zimmerman before the confrontation, and that Martin was the one yelling for help.