New witnesses have come forward to defend George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed Trayvon Martin on February 26 inside a Sanford, FL gated community. Witnesses say Zimmerman had bandages on his nose and head the day after the shooting.
According to an interview with Reuters, Zimmerman's next-door neighbor Jorge Rodriguez said that when he saw Zimmerman the day after the incident:
"He had two big, butterfly bandages on the back of his head, and another big bandage...on the bridge of his nose."
Rodriguez's wife Audria also said she saw the bandages and a third neighbor, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, agreed with the Rodriguez couple's account:
"I saw two bandages on the back of his head, and his nose was all swollen up,"
The neighbors spoke to Reuters on Sunday and Monday, saying they felt they owed him their public support after he was charged with second-degree murder.
Police said Zimmerman was bleeding from the nose and the back of his head and was treated by medics before being taken to the Sanford police station after the shooting.
But when the video surveillance of Zimmerman emerged showing no visible signs of injury, it raised doubts as to whether or not he was assaulted after all.
Both neighbors say they spoke to Sanford police and the FBI in their investigations, but did not recall speaking to the office of special prosecutor Angela Corey, who charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder last week.
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