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Warning Graphic Photo: Possible New Evidence Shows George Zimmerman's Bloodied Head

Posted by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 5:24 PM
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A new photograph obtained exclusively by ABC News showing the bloodied back of George Zimmerman's head, which was taken three minutes after he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, gives possible credence to his claim that Martin had bashed his head against the concrete as he fought for his life.

Click here to view the image. Warning: graphic content.

The revelation comes as his attorney and prosecutors prepare for Zimmerman's bail hearing today, which could result in his being released from jail. Zimmerman, 28, is being held on charges of second-degree murder for the Feb. 26 shooting of Martin, which could carry a life sentence if he is convicted.

The exclusive image shows blood trickling down the back of George Zimmerman's head from two small cuts. It also shows a possible contusion forming on the crown of his head. The original police report that night notes that the back of Zimmerman's head was wet, and that he was bleeding from the nose and head.

Zimmerman told police that night that he shot and killed the teenager in self-defense after Martin punched him and pounced on him. Zimmerman told police that Martin then bashed his head into the concrete sidewalk during the altercation that took place in the tidy middle-class development of the Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Fla.

Zimmerman was treated at the scene by paramedics, then cuffed and driven in a police cruiser to the Sanford police station. He was questioned for hours and later released. In police surveillance video obtained last month by ABC News Zimmerman's wounds are not apparent, and there were no bandages on his head.

Zimmerman was not admitted to a hospital or given stitches the night of the incident.

The photographer told ABC News exclusively that they did not see the scuffle that night, but did hear it. The source saw Martin's prostrate body on the wet grass and claims the gunpowder burns on Martin's gray hoodie were clearly visible; the gunpowder marks could show that Martin was shot at very close range.

The photographer says that after the shooting Zimmerman asked to call his wife. When the photographer asked what to say, Zimmerman allegedly blurted out "man, just tell her I shot someone."

ABC News has learned that investigators have seen the photo.

"How bad could it have been if they didn't take him to the hospital [and] didn't stitch him up," Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump said in a statement to ABC News in response to the image. "The special prosecutor has seen all the evidence and still believes George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin."

Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara says his client has spent enough time behind bars.

"He needs to get out. He should not be in jail," O'Mara said. "I want him out because I need him out. He wants to get out. His family wants it out. It should happen."

If Zimmerman is released, his attorney tells ABC News that he has a number of potential safe houses prepared. In the meantime O'Mara says the former altar boy, who has become America's highest profile defendant, has been reading the Bible while in protective custody.

In a bail hearing in Florida, the burden of proof to deny bail, even in a second degree murder trial, is higher than necessary to seek a conviction in a trial.

"They would have to prove that the presumption of guilt is great, and that the proof is evident," said O'Mara.

In the capias -- similar to a warrant -- filed against Zimmerman last week, Special Prosecutor Angela Corey and her team set bail at "none." In order to reduce that to bail at a set monetary sum, Corey's team would have to essentially prove their case -- something experts tell ABC News is unlikely at this point in the legal process.

O'Mara said he doubts the prosecutor will reveal their case before trial, even before discovery.

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stormcris
by Christy on Apr. 20, 2012 at 5:29 PM
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I have no real comment on the photo because it is just a photo which could prove self defense or not with other evidence. 

However....Highest profile defendant? Really? So quick we let go of past defendants for sensationalism.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Apr. 20, 2012 at 5:30 PM
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I am not saying the back of his head was not injured.

But.........am I the only one who feels that photo may be a tad messed with?  The fact that the top of that wound appears to be an exact, straight line, is what caught my attention at first.

It could very well be the quality, of lack thereof, of the photo. 

I admit, after what happened to my daughter yesterday and seeing the impact, the blood, the overall signs of trauma, I am skeptical when it comes to this.  Meaning, going off photos shown, they are either poor quality, I am just not seeing it or......hell, I don't know.


"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." ~ Maya Angelou

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Apr. 20, 2012 at 5:31 PM
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Who took the photo?

romalove
by Roma on Apr. 20, 2012 at 5:34 PM
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 It matters not if the photo shows injury to his head.  I won't even look at it.

What matters is, why?  How did that come to be?

I know one thing, and that's if Zimmerman did not follow Trayvon, there would have been no altercation.  Trayvon very well could have felt threatened by Zimmerman (some unknown guy following him and it turns out he has a gun) and that's why they ended up with Zimmerman getting hurt.

I am glad he will stand trial. 

rfurlongg
by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 5:39 PM
I agree with Stormcris.

Quoting stormcris:

I have no real comment on the photo because it is just a photo which could prove self defense or not with other evidence. 

However....Highest profile defendant? Really? So quick we let go of past defendants for sensationalism.

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TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Apr. 20, 2012 at 5:49 PM
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 Zimmerman should not have been following the boy after being told not to by police, but making a poor choice does not mean it is ok for someone to attack you and smack your head into the ground. "Feeling" threatened or scared because someone is following you does not mean you have the right to attack them. You just don't.

 I don't know why you wouldn't want to see the photo or why you feel it doesn't matter. Of course it does. Zimmerman claims self defense. This could help prove it was.  Before being attacked and shooting Martin, Zimmerman wasn't doing anything illegal. He was just being stupid.

 I see both sides of this story and see the wrongs on both sides.  I do feel Zimmerman should be charged with something, but I'm not sure it should be murder.  

  

Quoting romalove:

 It matters not if the photo shows injury to his head.  I won't even look at it.

What matters is, why?  How did that come to be?

I know one thing, and that's if Zimmerman did not follow Trayvon, there would have been no altercation.  Trayvon very well could have felt threatened by Zimmerman (some unknown guy following him and it turns out he has a gun) and that's why they ended up with Zimmerman getting hurt.

I am glad he will stand trial. 

 

romalove
by Roma on Apr. 20, 2012 at 5:52 PM
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Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 

 Zimmerman should not have been following the boy after being told not to by police, but making a poor choice does not mean it is ok for someone to attack you and smack your head into the ground. "Feeling" threatened or scared because someone is following you does not mean you have the right to attack them. You just don't.

 I don't know why you wouldn't want to see the photo or why you feel it doesn't matter. Of course it does. Zimmerman claims self defense. This could help prove it was.  Before being attacked and shooting Martin, Zimmerman wasn't doing anything illegal. He was just being stupid.

 I see both sides of this story and see the wrongs on both sides.  I do feel Zimmerman should be charged with something, but I'm not sure it should be murder.  

  

Quoting romalove:

 It matters not if the photo shows injury to his head.  I won't even look at it.

What matters is, why?  How did that come to be?

I know one thing, and that's if Zimmerman did not follow Trayvon, there would have been no altercation.  Trayvon very well could have felt threatened by Zimmerman (some unknown guy following him and it turns out he has a gun) and that's why they ended up with Zimmerman getting hurt.

I am glad he will stand trial. 

 

 Oh, we completely disagree on this issue.

Zimmerman and Trayvon did not know each other.  Why would Trayvon attack a complete stranger for no reason?  We know Trayvon was unarmed.  Why didn't Zimmerman, if Trayvon approached him, tell him he had a gun or show him? 

The reason I don't care to see wounds on Zimmerman's head is a) I don't know how accurate the photo is and b) it doesn't tell me what happened that led up to that point.

If Zimmerman could shoot a boy claiming self-defense, then certainly Trayvon could have been "standing his ground" against a stranger who was tailing him.

That's why I said I want to see a trial, and not pictures now. 

beesbad
by Bronze Member on Apr. 20, 2012 at 5:54 PM
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I try to not jump to conclusions with these type of stories in which the media uses sensationalism and race baiting in order to garner ratings and sales for themselves. I'm sure all the evidence will be presented at his trial.

Remember the Duke Lacrosse case in which a stripper falsely accused members of the team of raping her. Those innocent young men were vilified and threatened, the coach was forced to resign, they couldn't finish their season....

I don't have all the evidence, the media doesn't have all the evidence, so I'll wait.

Carpy
by Ruby Member on Apr. 20, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I agree,  I just don't think they will convince a jury of second degree murder.  Manslaughter with a plea or he may walk.

Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 

 Zimmerman should not have been following the boy after being told not to by police, but making a poor choice does not mean it is ok for someone to attack you and smack your head into the ground. "Feeling" threatened or scared because someone is following you does not mean you have the right to attack them. You just don't.

 I don't know why you wouldn't want to see the photo or why you feel it doesn't matter. Of course it does. Zimmerman claims self defense. This could help prove it was.  Before being attacked and shooting Martin, Zimmerman wasn't doing anything illegal. He was just being stupid.

 I see both sides of this story and see the wrongs on both sides.  I do feel Zimmerman should be charged with something, but I'm not sure it should be murder.  

  

Quoting romalove:

 It matters not if the photo shows injury to his head.  I won't even look at it.

What matters is, why?  How did that come to be?

I know one thing, and that's if Zimmerman did not follow Trayvon, there would have been no altercation.  Trayvon very well could have felt threatened by Zimmerman (some unknown guy following him and it turns out he has a gun) and that's why they ended up with Zimmerman getting hurt.

I am glad he will stand trial. 

 


EireLass
by Ruby Member on Apr. 20, 2012 at 6:05 PM
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I wonder why it's just showing up now. And who took the photo?

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