TRAYVON UPDATE: Lead Investigator Wanted Manslaughter Charges; Trayvon Attacked Zimmerman?
George Zimmerman’s account of what took place on the night of February 26th came to light yesterday.
Zimmerman claims that while making his way back to his vehicle, Trayvon Martin attacked him first, punching him in the face, jumping on top of him, and slamming his head repeatedly into the ground. In an ensuing struggle for Zimmerman’s gun, Martin was shot in the chest.
“According to what Zimmerman told local officers, he lost sight of the teen and was returning to his SUV when Martin approached him and they exchanged words. He said Martin asked if he had a problem, Zimmerman replied no and reached for his cell phone. He then alleges that Martin said “well you do now” and punched him in the nose.
Zimmerman said he then fell to the ground and Martin got on top of him and began slamming his head into the sidewalk. Zimmerman said he began yelling for help.
An individual can be heard screaming on the 911 audio, however, there’s been a dispute amongst witnesses as to whether it was Zimmerman or Martin who was crying for help.
According to authorities, Zimmerman then shot Martin at close range.”
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This account differs from that of Trayvon Martin’s girlfriend, who maintains she heard Martin ask someone, “Why are you following me?” before a scuffle ensured and the phone was disconnected.
Meanwhile, according to ABCNews.com, Chris Serino, the lead homicide investigator of the Trayvon Martin shooting, wanted to charge George Zimmerman with manslaughter on the night of the shooting.
Apparently, he was overruled by Norman Wolfinger of the state’s attorney’s office, who determined that there was not enough evidence to convict Zimmerman.
“Serino filed an affidavit on Feb. 26, the night that Martin was shot and killed by Zimmerman, that stated he was unconvinced Zimmerman’s version of events.
Zimmerman, 28, claimed he shot Martin, 17, in self defense.
One complicating factor in the investigation was that the first detective to interview Zimmerman about the shooting was a narcotics officer rather than a homicide detective.
The State Attorney’s office said only ‘no comment’ when asked about the affidavit today.”
Read the rest of this article at ABCNews.com
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