TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Medical examiner says Zimmerman's injuries 'very insignificant'

Daily Photo Galleries

By Reuters
Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 9:09 p.m.
 

SANFORD, Fla. — Volunteer watchman George Zimmerman suffered “insignificant” injuries in the fight in which he shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, a medical examiner testified on Tuesday, as prosecutors attempted to undermine Zimmerman's claim he feared for his life.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder, saying he shot Martin in self-defense during their confrontation inside a gated community in the central Florida town of Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012.

Testifying for the prosecution at Zimmerman's trial, Medical Examiner Valerie Rao said she reviewed Zimmerman's medical records and 36 pictures of his injuries taken at the police station after the fight.

“They were not life-threatening. They were very insignificant,” Rao told the Seminole County criminal court jury.

Zimmerman, 29, has said Martin, 17, punched him in the face and repeatedly slammed his head into a concrete walkway. Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, could face life in prison if convicted.

The racially charged case captivated much of the nation in 2012. Police initially declined to arrest Zimmerman, accepting his story of self-defense and sparking protests.

A special prosecutor later brought the murder charge. The prosecutor accused Zimmerman of profiling Martin and chasing him vigilante-style, rather than waiting for police to arrive.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Judge orders W.Va. agency to release pollution data
  2. Man caught jumping White House fence
  3. Alleged trooper killer may have been seen Friday
  4. Biden’s son Hunter under no bar review after Navy Reserve discharge for cocaine use
  5. Obama’s credit card declined in New York restaurant
  6. Top-secret space plane returns home, mission unknown
  7. Gay-rights activists endorse HIV drug
  8. Election picture looks less predictable with Ebola, ISIS on the table
  9. Riots shake Keene State College in New Hampshire
  10. Teen’s pre-existing condition led to death
  11. American free of virus
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.