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Witness: Martin attacked Zimmerman
Updated: Friday, 23 Mar 2012, 6:19 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 23 Mar 2012, 5:47 PM EDT
ORLANDO - A witness we haven't heard from before paints a much
different picture than we've seen so far of what happened the night 17-
year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed.
The night of that shooting, police say there was a witness who saw it
Our sister station, FOX 35 in Orlando, has spoken to that witness.
What Sanford Police investigators have in the folder, they put
together on the killing of Trayvon Martin few know about.
The file now sits in the hands of the state attorney. Now that file is
just weeks away from being opened to a grand jury.
It shows more now about why police believed that night that George
Zimmerman shouldn't have gone to jail.
Zimmerman called 911 and told dispatchers he was following a teen. The
dispatcher told Zimmerman not to.
And from that moment to the shooting, details are few.
But one man's testimony could be key for the police.
"The guy on the bottom who had a red sweater on was yelling to me:
'help, help…and I told him to stop and I was calling 911," he said.
Trayvon Martin was in a hoodie; Zimmerman was in red.
The witness only wanted to be identified as "John," and didn't not
want to be shown on camera.
His statements to police were instrumental, because police backed up
Zimmerman's claims, saying those screams on the 911 call are those of
"When I got upstairs and looked down, the guy who was on top beating
up the other guy, was the one laying in the grass, and I believe he
was dead at that point," John said.
Zimmerman says the shooting was self defense. According to information
released on the Sanford city website, Zimmerman said he was going back
to his SUV when he was attacked by the teen.
Sanford police say Zimmerman was bloody in his face and head, and the
back of his shirt was wet and had grass stains, indicating a struggle
took place before the shooting.
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