My Theory on What Happened in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman Case
NOTE: This is only my opinion and theory of what happened, based off of the evidence released by Special Prosecutor Angela Corey and by Defense Attorney Mark O’Mara. This is purely an educated conjecture based off of the evidence available. There is possibly more evidence in the case that the rest of us have no clue about, so this is the best that I can come up with. It is purely a theory, nothing more:
- Trayvon Martin was visiting his brother’s house in Sanford, Florida with his girlfriend. Trayvon’s cousin wanted some Skittles and an iced tea. Trayvon offered to walk to the local 7-Eleven store to buy the tea and Skittles.
- Trayvon enters the store without any hinderance whatsoever. He buys the Skittles and a can of Arizona Iced Tea, paying with a $50 bill, seeing as a little bit over $40 was found on Martin’s person. He puts his headphones to his cell phone in his ears, the can of tea and the bag of Skittles in his hoodie’s pockets. He starts walking down the sidewalk.
- Meanwhile, Zimmerman is patrolling his nightly duties as a neighborhood watch man. He spots Martin walking down the sidewalk with his hands in his hoodie pockets and his hood over his head. Zimmerman dials the Sanford Police, reporting that he sees someone looking suspicious walking down the sidewalk. He parks his car, then proceeds to get out of his car, continuing to talk to a dispatcher as he is walking from his car.
- Martin spots Zimmerman following him and continues to walk. He calls his girlfriend, telling her that someone is following him. The girlfriend hears Martin yelling to Zimmerman, “Why are you following me?” Martin asks him again, “Why are you following me?” Before this moment, police tell Zimmerman not to follow Martin. Yet he continues to follow him. The phone call drops, possibly due to the phone being knocked out of Martin’s hand.
- Zimmerman grabs Martin, then they get on the ground in a tussle. Fists fly, and Martin breaks Zimmerman’s nose. Zimmerman claims that Martin was banging his head against the sidewalk, even though Zimmerman’s own family doctor had x-rays ordered on Zimmerman’s head, and he received no internal damage from his “injuries.” At some point, the two men roll over, with Zimmerman receiving grass stains on the back of his coat. Zimmerman and Martin continue to tussle, with Martin scratching Zimmerman on the back of his head (a possible explanation for where the lacerations on the back of Zimmerman’s head came from).
- Here’s where things get tricky: Zimmerman claims that Martin was above him when he shot him one time in the chest. There’s one problem with that: the sheer velocity of the bullet entering Martin’s body would have moved Martin’s body backwards. Yet, when police arrived on the scene, Martin was lying face down. For Martin to have landed face down, the one shot from Zimmerman’s gun would have had to have made Martin do a 180-degree turn in midair to land face-down. Zimmerman would have had to have shot a bigger gun than a pistol to achieve that amount of force and velocity. The more plausible explanation is this: Zimmerman, after sustaining a broken nose and two black eyes, holds Martin’s arms down while he sits on top of him holding him down. While holding him down, he shoots Trayvon one time in the chest. Then, he turns him over and throws the gun down. This backs up there being only Zimmerman’s DNA on the handgun. Trayvon scratching Zimmerman’s head is backed up by Zimmerman’s DNA being found under Trayvon’s fingernails.
- Other than the life-ending gunshot wound, Trayvon only sustained scrapes to his knuckles. When police and EMT’s finally arrived, they had no first-aid kits in their vehicles. They had to use Vasoline and a plastic bag to configure a makeshift covering for Martin’s chest wound. Then, two police officers and an EMT proceed to give Martin chest compressions, even though he had just got shot in the chest. Zimmerman, in last night’s interview, claimed that he didn’t learn that Zimmerman was dead until an hour late at the Sanford Police Department headquarters. In actuality, Zimmerman was still on-scene while EMTs were trying to revive Martin. This is backed up by three Sanford Police Department officers interviewed in the case investigation.
My Final Opinion: Trayvon Martin’s murder was just that: a murder. Zimmerman purposefully followed him that night of February 26th, 2012 with the intent to kill him, because he suspected that he was involved in break-ins around Sanford. Zimmerman believed he was defending his family from criminals, his wife Shellie was present when their house was broken into a couple of months prior. Zimmerman erred majorly in his judgment by following Martin, he erred in his explanation, then contradictions in other explanations of the events of that night.
In my opinion, Zimmerman more than deserved the indictment of Second Degree Murder. He deserves to be punished for his actions, if the rest of the evidence corroborates Zimmerman’s version of events. I have not made a rush of judgment on the events. I have interpreted the events through each new piece of evidence released, and then interpreted them as a whole.
Although Witness 9 in the case accused him of sexual molestation for a time period of 10 years, it can still possibly be used against him in the case. Witness 9 can be used as a character witness.
Regardless of the future events of this case, two families are forever torn apart. Both families need our thoughts and prayers: the Martins for their horrific loss, and the Zimmermans for having to deal with the actions of George Zimmerman.