UPDATE: 10:20 AM EST
Benjamin Crump, the Martin family attorney, has released a statement regarding Zimmerman’s defense’s apology:
“George Zimmerman’s defense team’s so called apology yesterday for manipulating and mischaracterizing information about Trayvon Martin would be laughable in any other context, if this case wasn’t about the murder of an unarmed teenager. Let’s not forget the defense team has spent weeks now engaged in a despicable campaign to assassinate the character of a dead teenager in an attempt to influence a potential jury pool. Thankfully, the judge in this case has sided with the laws of evidence in saying that such information is irrelevant to the case, reminding us all that Trayvon is not on trial, but George Zimmerman is for second degree murder.”
The June 10 trial hasn’t even started, and George Zimmerman’s lawyers are running out of evidence.
After releasing multiple pictures and a video that a 17-year-old Trayvon Martin took of “friends beating up a homeless man,” Zimmerman’s lawyers are backtracking and apologizing, after learning the video taken was actually of two homeless men fighting over a bike – not the other way around.
According to Zimmerman’s website:
During the Tuesday, May 28th hearing, Mr. O’Mara misstated the nature of video from Trayvon Martin’s cell phone which was included in the Defendant’s 3rd Supplemental Discovery. He stated that the video showed “two buddies of his beating up a homeless guy,” when what happened was Trayvon Martin, along with a buddy, was videotaping two homeless guys fighting each other over a bike. Though it was unintentional, it is a particular concern to us because we are and have been committed to disputing misinformation in every aspect of this case, not causing it. For that, Mr. O’Mara apologizes.
Earlier last week, Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson ruled that defense attorney Mark O’Mara may not talk about Trayvon fighting during his opening statements, but if he convinces her during the trial that it’s relevant and admissible, she would allow it.
We’ll keep you updated on the latest.
SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel