From The Store To The Grave
What Happen On The Night Trayvon Was Killed?
“A TEENAGER walks to the store to buy a bag of Skittles and an Arizona Fruit drink but his trip ends in tragedy.
This is the story of Trayvon Benjamin Martin who was killed on February 26th 2012 by George Zimmerman. For over a year Mr. Zimmerman portrayed himself as an innocent man who acted in self-defense....On July 13th, 2013, the Sanford, Florida Jury composed of five white females and one Hispanic female agreed with him.
The Following is my condensed analysis of the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman Incident. This article is based on public information, testimonies, unproven allegations and my own common sense.
Disclaimer: The Following article is my expressed view/opinion and does not reflect the opinion(s) of Hubpages or any organization and/or person(s) associated with Hubpages. Furthermore, some of the following data is based on information derived from the internet,news and other sources; the data was Implemented for information purposes only and does not legally reflect the Guilt, Innocence or Disposition of Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman during their life or at the time of their altercation.
Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman’s Indiscretions and Alleged Troubles Before The Altercation
Trayvon Martin's Obscene Graffiti and Marijuana Use
Trayvon was suspended a number of times for writing obscene words on a school door and for using marijuana; in fact, he (according to reports) was serving a 10 day suspension before he was killed. Important Note: Trayvon Martin tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, (the active ingredient in Marijuana) on the day of his death. Dr Shiping Bao, the medical examiner who carried out Trayvon's autopsy, told the court that he had changed his mind about the drug's potential effect, having initially said it was too small an amount to be significant. "Marijuana could have no effect or some effect," he said. In my opinion, Dr. Bao was unsure of THC's effect which made his testimony concerning marijuana irrelevant and very subjectional.
Marijuana Facts: Marijuana is a Melancholy drug; in other words it suppresses a person's violent tendencies; this fact rebukes the theory of Trayvon being out of control on the night he was killed.
Accused of Stealing Jewelry But Never Arrested
Trayvon was accused by a school security officer of stealing jewelry; Trayvon denied the accusation and claimed a friend gave him the jewelry but he refused to give the friend's name. Important Note: Trayvon Martin was not arrested for stealing Jewelry because the Jewelry did not match any stolen item reports. Personal Opinion: I believe Trayvon was telling the truth because he was not arrested and the jewelry did not match any police report.
The Sizzurp and Purple Drank Theory
There are many George Zimmerman supporters who believe Trayvon purchased Skittles and a Arizona Watermelon Drink to create a drug known as Lean which is composed of three ingredients, codeine, a soft drink, and candy. Personal Opinion: Was Trayvon buying items to make a drug? I dont't know but it is possible. Was Trayvon using the drug when he was killed? No because the toxicology report showed no evidence of the drug; therefore, this theory must be accepted for what it is....a foolish attempt to paint Trayvon a criminal and George Zimmerman a hero.
George Zimmerman's Arrests and Restraining Order
In July 2005, Zimmerman was arrested for “resisting an officer with violence.” This altercation occurred when officers who were questioning a friend for alleged underage drinking. The charges were reduced and waived after Zimmerman agreed to enter an alcohol education program.
In August 2005, Zimmerman’s former fiance sought a restraining order against him because of domestic violence. Zimmerman asked for a restraining order against her in return. Both were granted.
George Zimmerman's Past Racial Attitudes and Racial Allegations
George Zimmerman's Myspace Post
Mr. Zimmerman (Alias, Joe G) said these words on Myspace about living in Manassas, Virginia. "I don’t miss driving around scared to hit mexicans walkin on the side of the street, soft @##$ (curse word omitted) wanna be thugs messin with peoples cars when they aint around (what are you provin, that you can dent a car when no ones watchin) don't make you a man in my book. Working 96 hours to get a decent pay check, gettin knifes pulled on you by every Mexican you run into!”
Allegations From Zimmerman's Cousin (aka, Witness Number 9)
George Zimmerman's cousin told the Sanford Police in a phone conversation the following explosive thing. "I know George. And I know that he does not like black people." “He would start something. He’s a very confrontational person. It’s in his blood. Let’s just say that. I don’t want this poor kid and his family to just be overlooked.” Personal Opinion: If this statement is true, then George Zimmerman is not only a verbal racist (someone who verbally attacks other races) but also a physical racist (someone who physically incites others based on their race.)
Zimmerman's Apparent Phobia Concerning African Americans
During an eight year span, Mr. Zimmerman made 46+ phone calls to the Sanford, Florida police department reporting suspicious activities of several black males. Personal Opinion: Either the black men were up to no good, Zimmerman was over analyzing their activities, a combination of both or George Zimmerman was PROFILING them based on their race. In any case, Mr. Zimmerman clearly has a negative attitude or fear concerning African Americans.
My Personal Opinions of Why Zimmerman Should Have Been Found Guilty
George Zimmerman's Attitude and 911 Call on the Night of Trayvon's Death
Zimmerman Had No Real Evidence To Support His Claim of Trayvon Being a Suspicious Person
“We’ve had some break-ins in my neighborhood and there’s a real suspicious guy. It’s Retreat View Circle. The best address I can give you is 111 Retreat View Circle.” "This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something.”It’s raining and he’s just walking around looking about."
Based on Zimmerman's own words, Trayvon WAS NOT committing a crime; he was not breaking into anyone's home; he was not selling drugs; he was not stalking or harassing anyone; he was not carrying a knife or a gun... Trayvon was simply walking about talking to his friend Rachel Jeantel...he was behaving like any normal teenager.
George Zimmerman Was Told Not To Follow Trayvon
George Zimmerman is a 28 year old man which makes him a “LIVING” adult but his actions on the night of Trayvon’s death indicates a child like resentment for authority and a gung-ho mentality. Supported Evidence From 911 Call: (911 dispatcher: Are you following him? Zimmerman:Yeah. 911 dispatcher: OK.We don’t need you to do that. Zimmerman: OK. 911 dispatcher: Alright, George, we do have them on the way. Do you want to meet with the officer when they get out there? Zimmerman: Yeah.) Unfortunately, Mr. Zimmerman did not wait for the police; instead he took matters into his own hand and went looking for Trayvon which under Florida Law is considered stalking.
1 Florida Statute 784.048 Stalking; definitions; penalties.—(1) As used in this section, the term:(a) “Harass” means to engage in a course of conduct directed at a specific person which causes substantial emotional distress to that person and serves no legitimate purpose.
George Zimmerman's Racial Profile of Trayvon Martin
"911 dispatcher: Did you see what he was wearing? Zimmerman:Yeah, a dark hoodie like a gray hoodie. He wore jeans or sweat pants and white tennis shoes. He’s here now … he’s just staring." 911 dispatcher: We’ve got him on the wire. Just let me know if this guy does anything else. Zimmerman: OK. These a-holes. They always get away.
George Zimmerman assisted by the 911 dispatcher profiled Trayvon Martin by using negative/racial and vulgar terms to describe him. Based on Zimmerman's immature language, the incident had to be partially motivated by Racism. He also made the following comments, "These (a-holes) Always Get Away." What did he mean? Did he mean Black people or did he label Trayvon a criminal without concrete evidence? In any case, Mr. Zimmerman was clearly not going to allow "This One" to get away.
How The Trial Confirmed Zimmerman's Guilt
The Florida Stand Your Ground Law and Zimmerman's Direct Lie
George Zimmerman lied ( on the Sean Hannity Show) about his knowledge of the Florida Self-Defense Law; in fact, Zimmerman's professor, Alexis Carter told the jury that he extensively covered the law in Zimmerman's 2010 law class.
Lack of DNA Evidence and Medical Analysis Contradicts Zimmerman's Statements
1. There was no blood found on Trayvon Martin’s hands; common sense concludes, Trayvon’s punches (if any) were not extremely violent plus the lack of blood indicates, he did not have his hands on Zimmerman’s mouth and nose; of course supporters of George Zimmerman will imply, the rain washed away the evidence or the first responders broke protocol by cleaning Trayvon's hands but this was never proven during the trial.
2. Zimmerman told his best friend ( Mark Osterman ) that Trayvon grabbed his gun and touched the holster but Trayvon's finger prints were not found on the gun/holster which means Trayvon never touched the gun. Important Note: During the trial, Zimmerman's lawyers suspiciously changed Zimmerman's story from Trayvon grabbing the gun to Trayvon grabbing for the gun; the prosecution should have emphasized this contradiction and the jury should have noted this direct lie during deliberation.
3. During the trial Mark O'mara and Don West used the Florida Stand Your Ground Law and injuries sustained during the altercation to show Zimmerman's life was in jeopardy but medical analysis and expert testimony proved Zimmerman's injuries were not life threatening. Important Note: Zimmerman refused emergency room treatment on the night of the altercation which means, he did not believe his injuries were serious; the day after the incident, Zimmerman's own doctor did not think x-rays were needed. See Below my suggestion of how Zimmerman's injuries actually happened.
4. There was no blood found on Trayvon's sleeves or cuffs. Common sense tells me, if I am punching someone 30-40 times...there would be a lot of blood on my clothes.
Video Reenactment Betrays Zimmerman's Account of the Incident
1. During the trial, Zimmerman's defense team said Zimmerman was on his back when he drew his gun but the video reenactment clearly shows that Zimmerman wears his gun near or on his backside; if Trayvon was on top with his knees pressed against Zimmerman's chest there was no way Zimmerman could have drawn his gun unless Trayvon pulled back and if so, it means Trayvon was trying to stop. Another plausible possibility would be that Zimmerman was kneeling or standing when he shot Trayvon.
2. In the video, GZ (George Zimmerman) explicitly says, he did not know the names of the street where the altercation began. I find this hard to believe because Zimmerman lives in the area and he is a neighborhood watch coordinator.
3. Zimmerman said, Trayvon jumped from behind a bunch of bushes but the video reenactment clearly shows there were no bushes where Zimmerman said the altercation began and ended.
Witness Accounts and Testimonies Before and During The Trial
Conflicting Testimonies Show Zimmerman and Trayvon Were Rolling on The Ground
Several witnesses said they saw both Zimmerman and Trayvon on top of each other. This indicates they were rolling on the ground with each being in the top position at different intervals; unfortunately for Trayvon, this last roll ended his life. Personally, I believe, this is how George Zimmerman received his head wounds and possibly his supposed broken nose…not by Trayvon pounding him on the concrete repeatedly. Common sense tells me, if my head is being bashed as hard and fast as Mark O'mara suggested I would be unconscious or disoriented; George Zimmerman was neither. My opinion is backed up by the testimony of Dr. Valerie Rao who said Zimmerman's injuries were insignificant and could have occurred by his head hitting the sidewalk one time.
The Defense Witnesses’ Testimony
Defensive Fighting Expert and “Professional Paid Witness” Dennis Root
Mr. Root said the following: “In most altercations, the person who is in control often wins the fight.” The prosecution missed a great opportunity here to ask this follow-up question: “If that is true Mr. Scott, then one must conclude that George Zimmerman was in control because Trayvon Martin is dead.” “If true Mr. Scott, one must conclude that Mr. Zimmerman’s life was never in jeopardy.” Unfortunately the prosecution failed in its cross examination but the jury should have noted his statement during deliberation.
Pathologist Dr. Vincent DiMaio
Mr. DiMaio is a retired infamous Pathologist who never examined Trayvon’s body; analyzed any fresh DNA/Blood samples or reviewed any of the witnesses' testimonies thus his testimony was based on "personal" experiences and not facts. During cross examination, Mr. Dimaio said, the wound could also be consistent with Martin pulling away from Zimmerman which means, Zimmerman was not in immediate danger; this is important because it shows Mr. DiMaio testimony was dogmatic. The Jury should have noted this contradiction and disregarded his testimony.
The Testimony of Olivia Bertalan
Olivia Bertalan is a former neighbor of George Zimmerman and was one of Mark O’mara’s chief character witnesses. Her testimony centered around her home being invaded several months before Trayvon was killed. Predominately, her testimony was about George Zimmerman being a Good Samaritan and how she appreciated Zimmerman’s kindness. Personal Opinion: Her testimony should have never been allowed because "apparently" she watched the trial on television and Tweeted about it.
The Prosecution Witnesses Testimonies
The Testimony of Rachel Jeantel
Other than George Zimmerman, Rachel Jeantel was the last person to speak to Trayvon Martin; her testimony was going to be the bomb shell that convicted Zimmerman; unfortunately the Prosecution failed, Don West harassed her and the social media universe labeled her a liar; the question here is, why did the Defense feverishly go after her? Personal Opinion: The answer is very simple, so simple that many people failed to see it...Rachel Jeantel said, she heard a thud or thump before Trayvon's phone went dead......the thud was Trayvon's phone hitting the ground which means George Zimmerman either hit Trayvon or Trayvon removed the phone to protect himself ...If any of these two reasons are true, it means George Zimmerman's was the aggressor.
The Conflicted Testimony of Lead Detective Chris Serino
In most murder cases, the lead detective is the one who seals the deal for the prosecution but Detective Chris Serino appeared conflicted throughout his testimony but one statement stood out. Mr. Serino admitted that George Zimmerman could have been profiling Trayvon Martin; this was a jaw dropping moment for the prosecution because Serino labeled Mr. Zimmerman responsible for the altercation; unfortunately, the prosecution failed to seize the moment by simply saying the following thing to the jury...."If Mr. Serino thought it was possible that Zimmerman was profiling Trayvon Martin, is it not also possible that Trayvon believed this also; even to the point that he thought Zimmerman was going to hurt him? 1See Florida Statute 784 above.
The Testimony of Dr. Shiping Bao
Dr. Bao's marijuana flip flop and quirky demeanor became a huge issue during the trial; in fact it overshadowed two key points made by Dr. Bao.
1. Mr. Zimmerman claimed Trayvon moved his arms after the shot but under oath, Dr. Bao said that he didn't believe Martin was able to move after the shot. This proves Zimmerman either lied or exaggerated his account of the shooting.
2. Dr. Bao said there was no angle to the gun shot; in other words, it was a straight shot. Important Note: The average reach of a man who is 5'-8" is between 28-30 inches. Personal Opinion: I am not a gun expert but I do not believe the gun was fully pressed against Trayvon's clothing/chest and the gun was certainly not pointing up or down. Mr. Bao's testimony indicates the following three things.....each implies separation before the shot.
1. Zimmerman and Trayvon were fully standing when the shot happened.
2. Both Zimmerman and Trayvon were on their knees when the shooting occurred.
3. Zimmerman and Trayvon were lying on their sides facing one another when the shot occurred.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement Firearms Expert, Amy Siewert's Testimony
In my opinion, Amy Siewert's testimony and Mark O'mara's own words contradicts George Zimmerman's story and proves (without doubt) that he was the instigator and not defending himself. During Amy Siewert's testimony she said the following things.
1. After examining Zimmerman's gun, Siewert said the following, "Zimmerman
had one bullet ready to fire in the chamber as well as a fully loaded magazine when he fatally shot Martin." Personal Opinion: Amy Siewert basically said Zimmerman was ready to apply deadly force if necessary.
2. During cross examination. Mark O'mara asked the following question, "They’re not much use if they’re not ready to fire, are they?" Siewert said No. Personal Opinion: This further highlights Zimmerman's readiness and willingness to use deadly force and contradicts the defense's assertion that Zimmerman was helpless and afraid.
3. During cross examination, the defense got Ms. Siewert to agree that many law enforcement agents carry fully loaded weapons that are ready to fire. Personal Opinion: I have one huge problem with this portion of Siewert's testimony....George Zimmerman is not a Law Enforcement Agent but based on the defense's cross examination, he was definitely pretending to be one.
My Theory of What Happen
I began this article with a question; What happen on the night Trayvon was killed? Based on the above information, I believe George Zimmerman stalked Trayvon Martin; at some point Mr. Zimmerman drew his loaded gun; Trayvon in a desperate attempt to safe his own life jumped Zimmerman and they began to roll on the grass and sidewalk; at some point, they became separated and Zimmerman pointed his gun and shot Trayvon directly in the heart...
My Verdict Based on the Above Information and My Own Common Sense
Based on Zimmerman's history of racial profiling, expert testimony, Zimmerman's contradictive statements and my common sense, I would have found George Zimmerman guilty of MANSLAUGHTER and Trayvon Benjamin Martin guilty of defending himself.
In conclusion, my thoughts and prayers go out to the Martin family and also to George Zimmerman who must now face the public and perhaps a civil lawsuit but most of all, he must face GOD as we all must.
Be The Juror! What is Your Verdict?
What Was George Zimmerman Guilty Off?See results without voting
Did Racism Play a Role in Trayvon's Death?
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Based on B37's Words, Do You Think RACISM Played a Role in the Jury's Verdict?See results without voting
Juror B37 Comments and My Opinion
"I think George Zimmerman is a man whose heart was in the right place, but just got displaced by the vandalism in the neighborhoods, and wanting to catch these people so badly that he went above and beyond what he really should have done,"
"But I think his heart was in the right place. It just went terribly wrong."
If anything, Zimmerman was guilty of not using "good judgment,"
"When he was in the car, and he had called 911, he shouldn't have gotten out of that car,"
Juror B37 also said she believes Trayvon Martin threw the first punch
"I think George got in a little bit too deep, which he shouldn't have been there. But Trayvon decided that he wasn't going to let him scare him ... and I think Trayvon got mad and attacked him,"
Zimmerman felt his life was in danger before shooting Martin, and it was his voice that was heard screaming for help in 911 calls,
"He had a right to defend himself," "If he felt threatened that his life was going to be taken away from him, or he was going to have bodily harm, he had a right."
Personal Opinion Part 1: Juror B37 own words betray her. She says, things went trerribly wrong, Zimmerman did not use good judgment and she further states that Zimmerman should have stayed in his car...her own words show that Zimmerman was legally "responsible" for Trayvon's death.
Personal Opinion Part 2: Juror B37 said she believed Trayvon threw the first punch and Zimmerman had a right to defend himself. Again, her own words betray her. By getting out of the car, Zimmerman became the instigator and Trayvon became the victim; this means, George Zimmerman did not have the right to defend himself but Trayvon did.
B37 Comments About Rachel Jeantel
Juror B37 said she thought Rachel Jeantel was not credible but in the same interview she said she thought Zimmerman story was true but also false or somewhat fabricated.
Personal Opinion: Juror B37 was very conflicted; on one hand she does not believe Rachel Jeantel, then on the other hand, she believes Zimmerman but believes he fabricated his story. There is something wrong here; I am not sure what it is but B37's and perhaps the entire Jury's mindset was not right.