The Orlando Sentinel released details of George Zimmerman’s claim to self-defense. Zimmerman claimed he was on his way to the grocery store when he saw Trayvon Martin walking through the gated community, The Retreat at Twin Lakes. On grounds of suspicion, he immediately called the police and reported that a black male was acting strangely and might be under the influence of drugs.
According to Zimmerman, after making the call he was walking back towards his SUV when Trayvon Martin approached him from behind. The pair “exchanged words” before Martin punched him in the nose. He fell to the ground, but Martin continued to beat him, bashing his head against the sidewalk. The 28-year-old self-appointed neighborhood watch volunteer told the police he shot the teenager in self-defense.
George Zimmerman’s attorney, Craig Sooner, reiterated his statements to ABC News, saying that his client had a broken nose and suffered a gash to the back of his head.
The Orlando Sentinel quoted witnesses who claimed that they saw Trayvon Martin on top of Zimmerman. The latter was crying for help as Martin continued to punch him.
However, other witnesses narrated the opposite, claiming that they saw Zimmerman "straddling the body, basically a foot on both sides of Trayvon's body, and his hands pressed on his back."