George Zimmerman Video Shows Injury to Back of His Head


george-zimmerman[Video below.] Enhanced video footage of George Zimmerman being taken into custody less than 30 minutes after he shot and killed Florida teenTrayvon Martinshows the neighborhood watch captain with what could be an injury to the back of his head.

The never-before-seen evidence of an injury to Zimmerman, in this case a gash or mark to his head, would appear to back his claim that he was in an altercation with Martin on the night of Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman says he shot the teen in self defense after he was attacked.

Zimmerman, 28, claims Martin, 17, punched him in the nose, knocked him down and repeatedly slammed his head into the ground.

The police surveillance video, first obtained exclusively by ABC News last month and clarified by Forensic Protection, Inc., shows Zimmerman exiting the police cruiser with his hands cuffed behind his back. Zimmerman is frisked and then led down a series of hallways, still cuffed. At one point, one of the officers stops to look briefly at the back of Zimmerman’s head.

There was no obvious sign of any injury to Zimmerman’s head or face on the video until it was enhanced. But the enhanced video does not show any visible injury to Zimmerman’s nose, nor any signs of blood on his shirt.

The initial police report noted that Zimmerman was bleeding from the back of the head and nose, and his lawyer later claimed that Zimmeran suffered a broken nose. After receiving medical attention at the scene of the shooting, it was decided that he was in good enough condition to travel in a police cruiser to the Sanford, Fla., police station for questioning. He did not check into the emergency room following the police questioning.

The surveillance tape of Zimmerman, later released by the Sanford Police Department, could be used as evidence if Zimmerman is brought up on charges, sources tell ABC News.

Zimmerman’s lawyer, Craig Sonner, has said his client felt “one of them was going to die that night,” when he pulled the trigger.

The case has gained national prominence with rallies across the country demanding that Zimmerman be arrested and charged with murder.

Lawyers for Martin’s family sent a letter to the Justice Department today asking that the federal probe into the killing look into the fact that Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee met with State Attorney Norm Wolfinger on the night of shooting. Lawyer Benjamin Crump also claims in the letter that members of Zimmerman’s family were also present in the police station that night.

The lead homicide investigator, Chris Serino, wrote in an affidavit that he recommended manslaughter charges be brougth against Zimmerman but was advised by the prosecutor not to file charges because there was not enough evidence for a conviction, sources have told ABC News.

“We look forward to your thorough and comprehensive review of the suspicious circumstances surrounding this meeting,” Crump wrote.

A Justice Department spokesman said the agency will review the Martin family letter.

State prosecutors are expected to go before a Seminole County grand jury on April 10 to determine what, if any, files should be charged.

An analysis of a 911 call done over the weekend by the Orlando Sentinel determined that screams for help overhead on a 911 came from Martin, although Zimmerman’s family insist they recognize his voice in the screams.

Two evidence experts consulted by the Sentinel found the voice heard in a 911 call placed by a woman in a home near where the shooting occurred was only a 48 percent match to Zimmerman’s voice. One of the experts, Tom Owen, told the Sentinel to reach a positive match he would expect higher than 90 percent.

“As a result of that, you can say with reasonable scientific certainty that it’s not Zimmerman,” Owen told the paper.

Owen,the chair emeritus at the American Board of Record Evidence, was not able to determine if the voice was that of Martin, the Sentinel reports, because he did not have audio of the teen’s voice to compare to the shouts for help in the 911 call.

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  1. I just heard on 101.9 FM radio that the original audio recording of Zimmerman’s 911 call has been obtained, and it turns out that the recording was later “edited” by NBC to make it sound as if Zimmerman attacked Martin because he was black. Actually, the 911 operator asked Zimmerman if the suspicious-acting man was White, Hispanic or Black. To which Zimmerman responded, “He LOOKS Black.”

  2. All the facts won’t bother these liberal rabble rousers protesting and screaming about how Zimmerman is racist murderer etc. etc.

  3. It’s amazing how these people have so much time on their hands to attend rallies all day. They are such productive members of society

  4. Anyone remember the story of the lynching of Leo Frank — all fingers pointed to the JEW as the killer of the black girl except he was innocent and was lynched by the elite whites of the community.