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Does this change your stance any? Autopsy results reportedly indicate Trayvon Martin suffered injuries to knuckles UPDATE!!!!!!!!

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Autopsy results reportedly indicate that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin had injuries to his knuckles when he died, which could support George Zimmerman’s claim that the unarmed teenager assaulted him before he was fatally shot. reports that a medical examiner found two injuries on Martin’s body: the fatal gunshot wound to the chest and broken skin on his knuckles. The autopsy results surface as court records indicate that Zimmerman had a pair of black eyes, a fractured nose and two cuts to the back of his head after the fatal shooting on Feb. 26.

A message left with Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, was not immediately returned Wednesday.

Bill Sheaffer, a legal analyst for, said the autopsy evidence likely helps Zimmerman’s defense.

“It goes along with Zimmerman’s story that he acted in self-defense, because he was getting beaten up by Trayvon Martin,” he said.

But the injury could also be consistent with Trayvon “either trying to get away or defend himself,” Sheaffer continued.

Meanwhile, ABC News reports that Zimmerman’s medical records were part of evidence released Tuesday that prosecutors have in the second-degree murder case. Zimmerman, who was treated Feb. 27 at Altamonte Family Practice, has pleaded not guilty and has claimed he acted in self-defense. The 28-year-old is free on $150,000 bail and is living in an undisclosed location.

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Police missteps in Trayvon Martin case hurt prosecution

The killing of Trayvon Martin here two and a half months ago has been cast as the latest test of race relations and equal justice in America. But it was also a test of a small city police department that does not even have a homicide unit and typically handles three or four murder cases a year.

An examination of the Sanford Police Department’s handling of the case shows a series of missteps — including sloppy work — and circumstances beyond its control that impeded the investigation and may make it harder to pursue a case that is already difficult enough.

The national furor has subsided for the moment. But as the second-degree murder case against the defendant, George Zimmerman, moves from the glare of a public spectacle to the grinding procedures of the court system and eventual trial, the department’s performance, roundly criticized by Mr. Martin’s family as bungling and biased, will be scrutinized once again, though in more meticulous detail.

Autopsy: Trayvon Martin shot from 'intermediate range'

With doubts shadowing the quality and scope of the police work, the prosecution and the defense will be left to tackle critical questions even as they debate the evidence. And ultimately, what happened on the rainy night of Feb. 26 may come to rest on the word of one man, George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer who fired the fatal shot.

In interviews over several weeks, law enforcement authorities, witnesses and local elected officials identified problems with the initial investigation:

  • On the night of the shooting, door-to-door canvassing was not exhaustive enough, said a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation. If officers had been more thorough, they might have determined that Mr. Martin, 17, was a guest — as opposed to an intruder — at a gated community called the Retreat at Twin Lakes. That would have been an important part of the subjective analysis that night by officers sizing up Mr. Zimmerman’s story. Investigators found no witnesses who saw the fight start. Others saw parts of a struggle they could not clearly observe or hear. One witness, though, provided information to the police that corroborated Mr. Zimmerman’s account of the struggle, according to a law enforcement official.
  • The police took only one photo at the scene of any of Mr. Zimmerman’s injuries — a full-face picture of him that showed a bloodied nose — before paramedics tended to him. It was shot on a department cellphone camera and was not downloaded for a few days, an oversight by the officer who took it.
  • The vehicle that Mr. Zimmerman was driving when he first spotted Mr. Martin was mistakenly not secured by officers as part of the crime scene. The vehicle was an important link in the fatal encounter because it was where Mr. Zimmerman called the police to report a suspicious teenager in a hooded sweatshirt roaming through the Retreat. Mr. Zimmerman also said he was walking back to the vehicle when he was confronted by Mr. Martin, who was unarmed, before shooting him.
  • The police were not able to cover the crime scene to shield evidence from the rain, and any blood from cuts that Mr. Zimmerman suffered when he said Mr. Martin pounded his head into a sidewalk may have been washed away.
  • The police did not test Mr. Zimmerman for alcohol or drug use that night, and one witness said the lead investigator quickly jumped to a conclusion that it was Mr. Zimmerman, and not Mr. Martin, who cried for help during the struggle.
by on May. 16, 2012 at 3:43 PM
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by on May. 16, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Doesn't change anything for me.  He still chose to shoot and kill someone.  

by on May. 16, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Quoting Aislin:

Nope. Doesn't change my stance at all.

by on May. 16, 2012 at 4:21 PM

 Zimmerman also had a broken nose according to a report I saw today.  My opinion is the same as it's always been - we don't know what really happen and probably never will.

by Platinum Member on May. 16, 2012 at 4:22 PM
2 witnesses saw the teen onto of the Zimmerman punching away.

As you telling me someone attacks you, jumps on you and is hitting you and you have a gun and feel this person might not stop you wouldn't use the gun on them?

I know I would which is why I feel so bad for Zimmerman he was protecting his life. The teen should of go e back home instead of coming after Zimmerman after he walked away.

Quoting MrsRinehart2010:

I dont care if they were in a fight or not , he was still a child who was killed by an adult who could have handled the situation better.

The child in this case had no actual weapon the adult did.  He could have pinned him down till cops came , he could have atleast shot him in the leg so that he couldnt run. He could have jsut walked away like an adult he was supposed to be an call the cops im sure since they were in a gated community they would have found hiim. I dont care a child is a child regardless and he killed some one MINOR child

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by Brian's Lil Vixen on May. 16, 2012 at 4:22 PM

No, not for me. He still took a life and needs to pay for it. 

by on May. 16, 2012 at 4:23 PM
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i wish people stop tryin to take up for geogre zimmerman its mainly the racist piece of crap thats taking up for him grow up he was wrong he needs to go to jail now  if trayvon would have done it he would have been n jail put to death n everything this world is so racist its sickening

by Gold Member on May. 16, 2012 at 4:23 PM
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Im still on Trayvon's side. Grown ass man vs kid=Fight the fuck back. Not shoot.

by on May. 16, 2012 at 4:24 PM
No it doesn't change my stance bc I thought all along he acted in self defense.
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by Gold Member on May. 16, 2012 at 4:24 PM

They didn't publish them in my local papers either but the big news sites published them online.

Quoting mama2beautiesnb:

Not in small town oklahoma. I've only seen one on yahoo.

Quoting Aislin:

Quoting StoneColdKiller:

You don't get broken skin on your knuckles in defense against a gun shot.

From everything I have heard sounds like the kid was a thug and why do they only show a picture of when the kid was like 12? He anyone see a recent photo of the 17 year old boy shot?

They have published several more recent photos

by on May. 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM
This kid they are showing on the news are pictures from years ago!!!! He is a big dude

Quoting briellesmomma:

Im still on Trayvon's side. Grown ass man vs kid=Fight the fuck back. Not shoot.

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