George Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, says a bloody photo of his client shows what Zimmerman was going through the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
The picture had previously been given to his defense team as a grainy, black and white image. In the color version they received recently, Zimmerman's injuries are more visible.
"It's frustrating because this type of evidence should have come out day one," says O'Mara. He argues the anger toward Zimmerman would have been quelled if the public had seen the high-resolution photo, which shows "why he reacted the way he did."
A lawyer for Trayvon Martin's family dismisses that assessment because the black and white picture had been released.
George Zimmerman’s defense team has released a color photo showing his bloody face and swollen nose the night he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Does the photo help their claim of self-defense? We’ll talk about that and more with Zimmerman’s lawyer Mark O’Mara.
The photo was taken by a Sanford, Florida police officer. Prosecutors gave the high-resolution image to the defense in late October. Previously, only a black and white picture of Zimmerman’s bloody face was released.
The 28-year-old former volunteer neighborhood watchman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting more than nine months ago. Martin’s family says he was killed “in cold blood” and they claim the unarmed teen was attacked for no reason.
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