The video was taken a day after the shooting. The defense released the video along with a voice stress test that was conducted with Zimmerman and the handwritten statement and audio interviews days after the shooting.
In the video, Zimmerman describes how the fight began and says Martin was the aggressor. The defense team relies on this evidence to build his defense around Florida’s “stand your ground” law.
Zimmerman explained to police that Martin slammed his head “against the concerete several times.” He said he felt his head was going to “explode” and he thought he was going to lose consciousness.
He told police that he screamed for help while Martin covered Zimmerman’s mouth and nose with his hands.
“He told me to shut the f*** up, and I was suffocating.”
Zimmerman claims that when he moved his jacket came up and revelaed the gun.
He told police Martin saw the gun and said,” you are going to die tonight” and started to reach for the gun.
According to Zimmerman, that was when he took his gun and fired it at the 17-year-old.
He said that he did not realize he hit Martin because he observed the boy sit up and say, “Oh you got me. You got me, you got it.”
The video also shows a bandage on the back of Zimmerman’s head and nose which seems consistent with his accounts.
The documents released by the defense showed a Feb. 29 interrogation by Chris Serino.
Serino doubted Zimmerman’s account of the shooting.
He told Zimmerman that the person that died was Trayvon Martin. He was a 17-year-old kid with a future. He said that Martin was holding a can of ice tea and a bag of Skittles when he died.
He asked if Zimmerman had previous law enforcecement training to help him decide that Martin was suspicious.
Serino also pointed out that Zimmerman’s injuries were inconsistent with someone in a life or death struggle. However, ABC News was able to obtain medical reports that Zimmerman had a broken nose and two lasceration on the back of his head.
During the interview, Serino implied that Zimmerman started the fight because he wanted to “catch the bad guy” even after a dispatcher told him to get back in the car.
Zimmerman is charged with the second degree murder for the killing of Trayvon Martin in February.