After video from the Sanford Police Department was released showing George Zimmerman in custody for the shooting of Trayvon Martin, rumors started saying he had not been injured like he'd claimed. Even the police said Zimmerman was bleeding from the nose and the back of his head. Now, three neighbors say that Zimmerman was indeed injured and seen with at least three bandages. His injuries could be crucial in his defense since it will likely involve using the 'Stand Your Ground' law. The law states that a person can use lethal force for self-defense if they feel their life is in danger.
Zimmerman claims that he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense and he was treated on the scene for head and nose injuries by medics. The next day, neighbors Jorge and Audria Rodriguez both saw Zimmerman with bandages. Jorge says he saw Zimmerman talking to a police detective in his driveway, "...he had two big, butterfly bandages on the back of his head, and another big bandage...on the bridge of his nose." Another neighbor, who didn't want to be identified said, "I saw two bandages on the back of his head, and his nose was all swollen up." The neighbors feel they owe Zimmerman their public support now that he's being charged.
Even though the police released George Zimmerman, the incident sparked outrage and racial tension because Martin was black and some felt Zimmerman wasn't arrested because he was 'white-Hispanic.' The police and the FBI have talked to the Rodriguez couple, but they do not recall talking to anyone from the office of special prosecutor Angela Corey. Many feel that Zimmerman's ultimate arrest was made because of public pressure. Florida's governor, Rick Scott, says he doesn't think anything influenced Corey except the facts in the case. Zimmerman is expected to plead 'not guilty' when he goes to court to face second-degree murder charges.
Â© Margie Wilson-Mars 2012