“He has no protection under my law,” former Sen. Durell Peaden told the newspaper. […] “The guy lost his defense right then,” Peaden told the Miami Herald. “When he said ‘I’m following him,’ he lost his defense.” – Author of “stand your ground” law: George Zimmerman should probably be arrested for killing Trayvon Martin
THE REDACTED LIST, according to the Orlando Sentinel, includes Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin; his brother, Jahvarius Fulton; and Zimmerman’s neighbor Frank Taaffe, friend Joe Oliver and father, Robert Zimmerman.
The document listed 18 Sanford police officers as primary witnesses, including lead Investigator Chris Serino. Corey’s office also turned over five reports prepared by him, as well as written reports prepared by four other Sanford officers. […] Also included in the evidence are phone records ““ Zimmerman’s from Feb. 20 to Feb. 28 and from March 7 to March 22, Trayvon’s from Jan. 1 through March 1, and those of an unnamed witness labeled “W8” from Feb. 26 through April 2.
The list includes 40 audio-recorded statements. One of the 911 callers, identified as “W6,” gave four statements to authorities about the shooting, two to Sanford police, one to FDLE and one to the prosecution’s lead trial attorney, Bernie de la Rionda.
Special Prosecutor Angela Corey’s office filed a motion under seal, requesting certain information remain out of public view.
As expected, also included are audio experts, because a key element is whether the screams on the 911 call were Trayvon’s or that of Zimmerman.
Also listed are two employees with the Volusia County medical examiner’s office and a pair of Federal Bureau of Investigation audio experts. The list also includes Tom Owen and Ed Primeau, two audio analysts who told the Sentinel they believe the screams heard in one 911 call were those of Trayvon, not Zimmerman.
I’d caution people reading too much into a separate report from WFTV 9. It is hitting the FBI investigative angle hard, pressing that George Zimmerman could be charged with a hate crime.
But why WFTV 9 is stressing the hate crime aspect now is highly questionable. ABC’s Matt Gutman via Twitter is reporting the “hammer won’t be dropped” on Zimmerman anytime soon – and that investigation is still ongoing.”
The FBI investigative hate crime angle has been in play all along. Back in March, the FBI investigating the possibility of a hate crime was already being reported. From Yahoo! News:
Critics have called Zimmerman a racist vigilante who initiated a conflict with Trayvon largely because of a profile: A black man wearing a hoodie walking through a gated neighborhood. If the FBI finds evidence of this, Zimmerman could be charged with a federal hate crime.
Hate crime charges would elevate the dangers to Zimmerman. The FBI would have to prove Zimmerman’s actions were predicated on race alone, which many contend is the case, by revealing Zimmerman had no other reason to follow Martin if he’d not been black. “Breaking” blog headlines are now appearing across the web exclaiming the possibility of Zimmerman now being charged with a hate crime.
Important to remember is that there have been reports coming from neighbors in the area that break-ins had been occurring. Jeralyn Merritt did a piece on this aspect back in April that’s an important dissection.
Sure to anger Zimmerman defenders, the WFTV 9 report describes Zimmerman as “a neighborhood watchman, profiled and stalked 17-year-old Trayvon Martin before killing him,” which is hardly neutral news language. What’s in the public domain right now, however, supports that language.
While hitting old ground from when Zimmerman was first arrested, they evidently have information about where the FBI is concentrating to date:
FBI investigators are actively questioning witnesses in the retreat at the Twin Lakes neighborhood, seeking evidence for a possible federal hate crime charge.
A challenge for Zimmerman is that state prosecutors claim there are inconsistencies in his statements. In May, from the Orlando Sentinel:
The source said Zimmerman’s account of events hasn’t changed in his several statements to police ““ in which he said he was so unnerved by the teenager’s behavior that he rolled up his window to avoid a confrontation. However, he never mentioned any of that while talking to the dispatcher. The details revealed by the source provide new insight into what Zimmerman said happened in the earliest moments of his contact with Martin. And they may reveal the inconsistencies alluded to by prosecutors in the case.
One of those inconsistencies: Zimmerman told police that Martin had his hand over Zimmerman’s mouth during their fight on the night he shot Martin.
The Sentinel’s source confirmed that Zimmerman’s statements include that allegation. But authorities do not believe that happened, the source told the Sentinel, because on one 911 call, someone can be heard screaming for help. If it were Zimmerman, as he claims, his cries were not muffled, the source said.
George Zimmerman will have to answer for killing an unarmed African American teen, because paranoia of what might happen is not a defense for shooting Trayvon Martin dead.