It has almost been 3 months since Trayvon Martin was senselessly hunted and gunned down by George Zimmerman on Feb 26,2012. Time after time Zimmerman has maintained his “innocence”, using the controversial Law, “Stand Your Ground” as a legal strategy, to plead his case. Reports flooded in that several witnesses made statements that back the version of the story that Zimmerman gave to police on what happened that night.
Since then, four of those witnesses have changed their stories, some ”in ways that may damage” George Zimmerman’s defense, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
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According to records released last week in the second-degree murder case, the witnesses, in which all of them are neighbors, were interviewed multiple times by police and special prosecutors about what they say on that night.
Four days after the shooting, one woman, identified as “Witness 2″, told police she “saw two guys running” and then a “fistfight, just fists but she doesn’t know who was hitting who.” But on March 20, she told investigators she saw just one person. She also couldn’t tell if it was a man, woman, kid, black or white. She was quoted as saying ” 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.”
Another witness, identified as Witness 12, who was interviewed on March 20, 3 WEEKS AFTER the shooting, said she saw two people on the ground immediately AFTER the shooting, but was not sure who was on top. But in another interview with investigators six days later, the paper reported, she was sure: It was Zimmerman on top. “I know after seeing the TV of what’s happening, comparing their sizes, I think Zimmerman was definitely on top because of his size,”, “Witness 12″, said.
A third witness, “Witness 6″, told police on the night of the shooting, he saw a black man on top of a lighter skinned man “just throwing down blows on the guy, M.M.A. (mixed martial arts)-style”. He said the light-skinned man was calling for help. Interviewed later by investigators, he said he was not sure who was calling for help, and is not sure any punches were thrown.
A fourth witness, Witness 13, also interviewed on the night of the shooting said he heard the shooting, ran outside, and saw Zimmerman standing with “blood on the back of his head.” What sane person runs outside after hearing a shooting? According to this witness, Zimmerman told him that 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.”
We’re not sure if this hurts or helps his case. The defensive lawyer can destroy each witnesses credibility easily because of the change in their stories. It has always been my belief that nobody actually saw the entire thing unfold. We will continue to keep an eye on this case and bring you updates as they happen.