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George Zimmerman’s lie today in court

Updated on April 20, 2012

Bizarre happenings in Sanford

George Zimmerman was allowed to apologize to Trayvon Martin’s parents in a bizarre courtroom scene this morning. However, the question is did anyone else catch the lie he told?

Zimmerman was granted $150,000 dollars bail today and his parents and his wife were allowed to testify by phone on his behalf. The most bizarre part of the hearing came when Zimmerman took the stand and apologized to Martin’s parents he said:

"I am sorry for the loss of your son," he said. "I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. And I did not know if he was armed or not."

I am no investigator, but Zimmerman lied. During his 911 call to police the night of the Martin shooting he was asked by the dispatcher how old he thought Trayvon was and he said:

Zimmerman: He’s got buttons on his shirt, late teens.

Dispatcher: Late teens, ok.

In my opinion, letting a defendant apologize to grieving parents during a bail hearing is improper, but I hope that I’m not the only one who caught the fact that Zimmerman told a blatant lie during the hearing. This makes his entire apology suspect to me and it makes the fact that he was allowed to do it even more egregious.

What do you think?

Zimmerman's 911 Call


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      Billy Joseph Ethridge 4 years ago from Georgetown, S.C.

      You people are ridiculous. You heard the cocking of a gun during the 911 call? They have had hundreds of experts working on these tapes for months with sophisticated equipment designed to remove interference for a clearer sound and you with no training or equipment listening to a static filled tape online heard the cocking of a gun?

      The gun Zimmerman used is a 9mm semi-automatic, these do not have to be cocked to be fired.

      Absolutely ridiculous statement that makes you look like a fool.

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      Raymond House 5 years ago

      Reading further into his apology/explanation, he said that he didn't know whether he had a gun or not, as though it was a factor in his shooting of Martin, while not stating any concerna about the issue of his own life hanging in the balance.

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      dmarie 5 years ago

      OMG, I just listened to the click of the gun!! You are right, that's a gun he is cocking. Also the ringing of the keys in the ignition as he gets out of his car proves he is already on foot to pursue the poor kid with gun in hand. Somebody needs to point this out to the prosecutor--THEY MUST NOT MISS THIS IN TRIAL!!! Also remind them of the fact that Zimmerman already KNEW the kid was in his late teens when he shot him -- everything is proven on those 911 tapes if they keep listening! And if you listen to Trayvon screams on another 911 tape and the way he sounds, he is in pain! George already had him under control but didn't count on the poor kid yelling for help which was going to get George in big trouble. Who shoots somebody who's screaming for help? And on another note, I'm not buying CNN's account of Zimmerman saying punks vs coons. It's coons and there's no punks about it. I've got great ears, I'm a white girl and I'm hearing coons. Don't know what Zimmy's daddy is up to with his contacts in high places getting CNN to falsely paint a story like this, but I suppose the media knows that they can hypnotize people into hearing or believing anything if they say it enough times. By accepting that he said coons would mean the prosecution would have to treat it as a hate crime and 1st degree murder, and obviously somebody doesn't want to go to that expense, or somebody's doing a favor for Georgy boy's papa. And why would anybody whisper the word punks anyway. He whispered coons because it's a racial slur. Anybody with a good set of ears on them can clearly hear the "C" and the "oo". Whoever analyzed this with their fancy equipment is still getting coons but they are telling you it is punks.

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      dmarie 5 years ago

      Thank you for blogging about this. Yes, I caught the lie immediately. I've listened to that 911 recording at least a dozen times and couldn't believe my ears when he told Trayvon's parents at the hearing that he thought him to be a "little bit younger than himself". This not only makes the apology worthless, it pretty shoots holes in all of Zimmerman's story now. If he lies about something as simple as this, then it will prove to the jury that he's lied about everything else. Personally, in listening to that kid scream for help, it sounds as if Zimmerman is twisting his arm with a gun stuck in his back. You can hear the poor kid yelp in pain. Since the kid was yelling bloody murder, Zimmerman felt he had to shoot him to get him to shut up before witnesses and the police arrived.