George Zimmerman gives chilling recount of killing Trayvon Martin in new video (VIDEO)
Just when I thought the Trayvon Martin case couldn't possibly get any more complicated, new occurrences have caused more twists in the already tumultuous situation. In the past few hours alone, news broke that the Sanford police chief originally in charge of the case has been fired and that a new video of George Zimmerman's interview with authorities the day after the shooting has been released.
The world has already heard varying accounts of what happened between 28-year-old Zimmerman and 17-year-old Martin on the night of the teen's death but this morning, Zimmerman's defense team released a chilling, never-heard police interview with the shooter himself. In the clip, Zimmerman says Martin punched him repeatedly in the face. "I started screaming for help. I couldn't see. I couldn't breathe," he said. He also told police that Martin put his hand over Zimmerman's mouth and nose and told him, "You're going to die tonight."
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Other information was also released late Wednesday, including video interviews, a video reenactment of the incident and a video of a voice stress test performed the day after the shooting. The audio and videos represent the first time Zimmerman is heard recounting the incident in his own words.
Almost as the same time, Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte said that he fired Chief Bill Lee from his job because he had apparently lost the trust of officials. "I have come to this decision in light of the escalating divisiveness that has taken hold of the city," Bonaparte said.
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Personally, I think his firing was the right move. It seems pretty clear that Lee wasn't anywhere near as thorough with his examination as he should have been, which is why a federal investigation was launched in the first place.
As for Zimmerman's interview, it's hard to know what to think. I honestly have a difficult time believing anything he says, especially after all of his--and his wife's-- "omissions." I would have a much easier time believing his account of the story if he hadn't already deliberately tried to lie to the judge and deceive his own lawyers. Unfortunately, his word is the only one we are left with, so it's up to the court to decide his fate in his trial next year.
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