|The prosecution's case . . .|
this case. The way I see the evidence that has been presented over the months, and after hearing some of the witness testimonies, it's clear to me that George Zimmerman--although perhaps an overzealous neighborhood watch guy, and probably a dumbass--did not kill Trayvon Martin out of malice. And I sure as hell don't buy into the notion that his killing of Martin was racially motivated.
I'm going to invite all of my readers to look at the facts and the evidence objectively.
First off, let me acknowledge that George Zimmerman was a dumbass for confronting the kid in the first place. Yes, he should have listened to the 911 dispatcher who told him to stay in his car. We all make mistakes, and I believe that Zimmerman was likely trying to be a good citizen doing what he thought was right to help keep his neighborhood safe.
Now that we have that out of the way, let's look at the rest of the evidence. First, we have conflicting witness testimonies, and some witnesses have changed their stories over time, particularly relating to the apparently important question of "who was on top." Upon initial interview, one witness claimed that she saw two men on the ground, and she wasn't sure who was on top. Six days later, she reported that she saw Zimmerman on top. The witness reported "I know after seeing the TV of what's happening, comparing their sizes, I think Zimmerman was definitely on top because of his size." Hmm . . .
Imfamous witness #6 initially reported that Martin was indeed on top of Zimmerman, and Martin was "throwing MMA style punches." But then after being interviewed three weeks later, he said that Martin was indeed on top, but that he might not have been throwing punches--that Martin may have just been holding him down. Considering the cuts to the back of Zimmerman's head and his very jacked up nose, unless Zimmerman was being held down by freaking Gorilla Grodd, it seems pretty reasonable that Zimmerman's wounds were inflicted by Martin throwing punches.
Witness #6 also says that originally, he thought Zimmerman was calling for help, but now he's not sure. Isn't it funny how these testimonies changed after the media outcry that exploded? What is also important to note is that in his own recollection of the events, Zimmerman admitted that after he shot Martin, he got on top of him because he didn't know if he had hit the kid, and so he attempted to subdue the kid. This is significant because this means that the witness who reported Zimmerman as being on top likely did see him on top, but that would mean that she was not there in time to see Martin on top.
Then we have Martin's friend, Rachel Jeantel. In court the other day, Jeantel admitted under oath that she gave her testimony to the prosecutor with Trayvon's mother present, and that his mother's presence influenced her testimony. She admitted that she "cleaned up" the language Martin used in their phone conversation right before the confrontation to spare his mother further grief.
What was that language? Martin said to Jeantel on the phone "there's some white ass cracker following me." Jeantel initially reported that she heard Martin say "get off me," but then in court she admitted that she did not hear that. Just as well, she claimed to have written a letter to Travon's mother describing the things that she heard on the phone. A bomb shell was dropped when Jeantel admitted in court that she actually could not read the letter (the defense attorney presented her with the letter to read) because she can't read cursive. She then retracted the notion that she wrote it and claimed that she dictated it to someone.
Hmm . . .
Nearly all of the witnesses have changed their stories and have so far proven to be fairly unreliable. Even worse for the prosecution, the defense completely tore Jeantel to pieces and got her to admit that her own testimonies were inaccurate for various reasons. Jeantel was supposed to be their "star witness." So much for that.