Nearly 200 pages of documents released in Trayvon Martin shooting case

ORLANDO, Fla. – Trayvon Martin was shot through the heart at close range. George Zimmerman had a broken nose, bruises and bloody cuts on the back of his head.

The lead investigator in the case wanted to charge Zimmerman with manslaughter in the weeks after the shooting but was overruled.

These are among the details revealed in nearly 200 pages of documents, photos and audio recordings released Thursday in a case that's riveted the nation. Yet it's still unclear what exactly happened and whether it was racially motivated.

The evidence supports Zimmerman's contention that he was being beat up when he fired the fatal shot. At the same time, it bolsters the argument of Martin's parents that Zimmerman was profiling Martin and that the whole confrontation could have been avoided if not for Zimmerman's actions.


Lou Buren of TWAU BLOG: Why does the liberal media want so badly for this to be racial? Does a black person being involved automatically make it possibly racial? It seems that way when you listen to liberal news reporters.

Zimmerman probably was profiling. If I saw a suspicious person with a hoody on walking around my neck of the woods I would think they may be a possible thief. And the fact that Zimmerman was attacked shows that he was correct in his assumption that Martin was up to no good.

I do agree that Zimmerman made a bad choice in following Martin, if that is indeed what actually happened. If I thought someone was up to no good, I would monitor them from a distance so they didn't see me and notify police.

I'm not surprised one bit that Trayvon had weed in his system. It just goes to show he is the clear criminal in all of this.

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