Today, George Zimmerman’s defense team released a video of Zimmerman leading Samford, Florida police through a reenactment of the tragic events that transpired the night 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed.
In the video, Zimmerman tells detectives Martin attacked him and slammed his head into the pavement several times.
“I didn’t want him to keep slamming my head on the concrete so I kind of shifted. But when I shifted my jacket came up…and it exposed my firearm. That’s when he said you are going to die tonight. He took one hand off my mouth, and slid it down my chest. I took my gun aimed it at him and fired.”
According to Zimmerman, after Martin was shot, the teen sat up and said, “You got me,” however officers on the scene said Martin was found lying face down with his hands under his body.
During his account to police, Zimmer also insisted Martin was the aggressor, a point his attorney hopes will help bolster his self-defense claim.
After the walk-through, the lead detective was not convinced Zimmerman was telling the truth and felt he should have been arrested and charged for the teen’s death, but he was overruled.
It took weeks of protests and public pressure before the State of Florida would appoint an independent prosecutor to determine whether or not charges against Zimmerman would be pursued. In April he was booked on Second Degree Murder charges.
This video comes on the heels of the release of the 911 call from Tracy Martin reporting his son, Trayvon, missing.
Today, the Martin family also issued a statement after the release of Zimmerman’s interrogation video.
“When you look at the hand-written statement written by George Zimmerman on the night of the shooting that he did before he talks to lawyers, his words, and take that into consideration with the audio statements, the witness interviews, and the previously released evidence, it is clear to us why Angela Corey charged George Zimmerman with second degree murder,” the family said.