AJ 01 Spring 2013
On Feb. 26. 2012, Trayvon Martin, 17, an unarmed black teenager walking back with Skittles and an iced tea he'd picked up at 7-Eleven, and George Zimmerman, a white Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida in a community gated housings. (Michael Pearson & Greg Botelho, 2012). Moments before Trayvon was shot and killed, he was on his cellphone talking with a 16 year old girl (girlfriend). "He said this man was watching him, so he put his hoodie on. He said he lost the man."("Trayvon martin final," 2012) She asked him to run but he refused and said he was going to walk fast. Zimmerman 28 years old hispanic men, who was armed called the Sanford Police Department to report Martin behavior as suspicious, stating that he was probably on drugs and staring at the homes in the rain. Eventually, Martin ran and Zimmerman followed him. Soon enough, they face each other and a witness stated that there was a physical condent and heard screaming from one of them asking for help. Durring the tussle Zimmerman was the one asking for help which lead him to shoot Martin in his chest. It was bloody fight before the shooting. "About 7:30 p.m. Zimmerman told the officer he shot Martin in self-defense." (CNN Wire Staff, 2012).
"George Zimmerman claims self defense in the killing of Trayvon Martin. But there's no DNA evidence that Trayvon Martin ever touched George Zimmerman's gun." (Mike Schneider, 2012). "The autopsy report shows traces of the drug THC, which is found in marijuana, in Martin's blood and urine. "The autopsy also shows that Zimmerman shot Martin from a distance of between 1 inch and 18 inches away, bolstering Zimmerman's claim that he shot Martin during a struggle that landed Zimmerman on his back, Martin straddling him and banging Zimmerman's head on the ground."Martin's autopsy report also revealed that there was a quarter-inch by half-inch abrasion on the left fourth finger...