As if the Trayvon Martin case couldn’t get more complicated? Last week a video was released of George Zimmerman at the police station in Sanford, and it appeared that he had no injuries to support his claim that Trayvon assaulted him. ABC news digitally enhanced the video and found that he had welts and cuts on his head in line with what he had told police.
ABC’s Matt Gutman said the network re-digitized the video and what was found was that George Zimmerman had a pair of gashes or welts on his head. Zimmerman had originally told police that Trayvon Martin had jumped him from behind punching him in the nose and smashing his head against the ground.
The enhanced video complicates an already complex narrative of what really took place that evening amid shifting public perception of both Zimmerman and Martin.
During an interview on “The Today Show,” Craig Sonner, Zimmerman’s lawyer, said the original video was too grainy to show the injuries his client had sustained while struggling with Martin. However, the funeral director who handled the body of the slain teen told Nancy Grace there were no cuts, bruises or signs of a fight on Martin’s body.
Richard Kurtz of Roy Mizell and Kurtz Funeral Home in Fort Lauderdale told the show,
“I didn’t see any evidence he had been fighting anybody,”
Police took Zimmerman into custody after they arrived. He was questioned and released later that evening. The Attorney General of Florida is considering whether to file charges against Zimmerman in the shooting or not. The U.S. Justice Department is looking into whether they should file charges as well.