Autopsy Shows Trayvon Martin Shot Through the Heart

By: Brian Shields - Thu, 17 May 2012 18:31:45 -0800

All photos courtesy Fourth Circuit Court State Attorney's Office / May 17, 2012
ORLANDO, Fl (KRON) -- Prosecutors are releasing more of the evidence they plan to use to try to prove neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman is guilty of murder in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

The evidence includes a photograph of Zimmerman showing blood beneath his nose.  The defendant says he was defending himself against the teenager when he opened fire.  Zimmerman is free on bond awaiting his second degree murder trial in the case.

We're also getting a fresh look at the Sanford police report which concluded the encounter which lead to Martin's death was "ultimately avoidable" if Zimmerman had remained in his vehicle and awaited the arrival of law enforcement," according to reporting in the Orlando Sentinel.

The black and white photocopy of the photo comes from a snapshot a Sanford Police officer took with his iPhone at the scene the night Zimmerman shot and killed Martin.  The officer reportedly never downloaded the photo into weeks after the shooting.

Prosecutors are also releasing the autopsy report on the 17-year old Martin which shows he died from a gunshot wound that went through the heart.  Toxicology reports also showed evidence of marijuana in the the teenager's blood and urine.

The police report also includes witness statements about the confrontation.

"One resident told the investigator that he heard a commotion and when he investigated, 'he witnessed a black male, wearing a dark colored 'hoodie' on top of a white or Hispanic male who was yelling for help," the report reads. "He elaborated by stating that black male was mounted on the white or Hispanic male and throwing punches 'MMA (mixed martial arts) style.' He stated he yelled out to the two individuals that he was going to call the police. He then heard a 'pop.' He stated that after hearing the 'pop,' he observed the person he had previously observed on top of the other person (the black male wearing the hoodie) laid out on the grass."

The report also says Martin had $40.15, Skittles candy, a red lighter, headphones and a photo pin in his pocket. He had been shot once in the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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