The evidence released yesterday in the Trayvon Martin case revealed that George Zimmerman’s defense will have a difficult time trying to prove that he acted in self defense.
As more than 200 pages of photos and eyewitness accounts were released by prosecutors Thursday, it showed that by all measures, Zimmerman caused the fight.
According to the Associated Press, the original lead detective in the case believed Zimmerman incited the confrontation by getting out of his vehicle to confront Trayvon, who hadn’t broken any laws nor did anything criminal. Zimmerman could have defused the situation by telling Trayvon he was just a concerned citizen and tried to talk to him.
He said that he doesn’t think Zimmerman could legally invoke Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law and should be charged with manslaughter.
Under the “Stand Your Ground” law, people are given wide latitude to use deadly force rather than retreat in a fight if they believe they are in danger of being killed or seriously injured.
The original prosecutor in the case accepted Zimmerman's invocation of the law after the Feb. 26 shooting, but a special prosecutor rejected his claim last month and charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder. The former neighborhood watch volunteer has pleaded not guilty, has been released on bail and reportedly is in hiding.
Zimmerman and his attorney will have at least two more chances to invoke the law. First, they will have to convince a judge during what will be a mini-trial.
If the judge agrees, the charges will be dropped, although prosecutors could appeal which is likely months away. If the judge rejects the claim, Zimmerman could try to convince the jury and win an acquittal. A trial is unlikely to start before next year.
Speaking Friday on NBC's Today Show, O'Mara said he couldn't talk about the individual pieces of evidence in the case. But he said that rather than talking about the "what-if's" — as in what if Zimmerman had stayed in the car — O'Mara said "we have to deal with what happened and try to explain that."
Yesterday, droves of evidence were revealed to the public, including witness statements, autopsy reports, pictures of the crime scene, audio recordings and photos of Zimmerman’s injuries taken right after the shooting.
With many key pieces of evidence out, everyone can draw a clearer picture of what really happened the night Zimmerman killed Trayvon.