New evidence in George Zimmerman shooting case
ORLANDO, Fla. — State evidence released Wednesday in the George Zimmerman second-degree murder case shows new details from a state crime lab that found Zimmerman’s DNA on Trayvon Martin, the teenager he shot to death, and Martin’s DNA on him.
But the gun that Zimmerman used to kill Martin that night — a gun that Zimmerman told police the teenager had reached for — revealed no evidence that Martin touched it.
State scientists checked several parts of the 9 mm handgun: its grip, trigger, slide and holster. They found Zimmerman’s DNA and that belonging to other unidentifiable people but none that matched Martin, records show.
The gun evidence is important because Zimmerman told police in Sanford, Fla., that he opened fire only after the 17-year-old pinned him to the ground and reached for the gun he wore holstered on his waist.
The 28-year-old Zimmerman killed Martin, a Miami Gardens high school junior, Feb. 26 in Sanford.
Zimmerman says he acted in self-defense. Prosecutors say Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch volunteer, spotted the black teenager, profiled him, assumed he was about to commit a crime, began following him then murdered him.
Prosecutors on Wednesday released to the public several hundred pages of evidence. It included no bombshells.
The DNA evidence was among the most compelling because it confirmed that Zimmerman and Martin had been in extremely close contact.
Several neighbors reported seeing one on top of the other in a fight that left one of them screaming, Zimmerman with a broken nose and small gashes to his head and Martin died from a gunshot wound to the heart.
Special prosecutor Angela Corey released some DNA evidence March 17 but more details Wednesday. Records from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Orlando lab show scientists there found a Martin-Zimmerman DNA mixture in a blood stain on Zimmerman’s red-orange jacket.