Surveillance video of George Zimmermann being led from a police car after he shot teenager Trayvon Marin to death shows the killer without injuries or bloodstains, all but striking down the validity of claims that he shot his victim in self defense.
The video footage, obtained by an ABC news reporter yesterday, shows Zimmermann, wearing handcuffs and getting out of the police car unaided and walking into the police station to which he was taken right after the shooting in Sanford, Fla.
There are no visible signs of injuries to Zimmermann’s head or blood on his clothes.
Zimmermann’s attorney, Craig Soner, has maintained that his client suffered a broken nose and a gash to his head during the time of the alleged attack by Martin.
Criminology experts have cast serious doubts on the claims made by Zimmermann’s lawyer.
Eugene O’Donnell, of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said on national television last night that the video shows “it is beyond dispute that there are no serious injuries, physical injuries, he’s not in a hospital. There is no bruising that’s observable.”
Reporters asked Richard Kurtz, the funeral director who prepared Martin’s body, if there were any signs on his hands that he had punched someone.
“The only thing that I was able to see was the gunshot wound, ” Kurt said, also on national television last night. “I could not see evidence that he had been punching someone as the news media say he was punching. It just did not add up to me.”
Photo: Student signs a poster after a march honoring Trayvon Martin on the UTA campus in Arlington, Texas, March 26. The poster will be sent to the Martin family. Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/AP