Tonight on AC360: What does new evidence mean for Trayvon Martin case?
The gun used by George Zimmerman.
May 18th, 2012
06:19 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: What does new evidence mean for Trayvon Martin case?

New documents, video and images have emerged in the Trayvon Martin shooting case. The evidence has sparked renewed interest in the circumstances surrounding the night neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman shot the 17-year-old, killing him with a single bullet to his chest.

Tonight Anderson will look at competing theories about who was acting in self-defense. He'll ask Mark Geragos and Marcia Clark if the newly released material can prove that either way.

Randi Kaye will outline the evidence, the FBI's analysis of the 911 calls, and what the witnesses say they heard and saw during and after the altercation. Tune in tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET and tell us what you think about the developments in the investigation.

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  1. Robert B

    Since the case became national news there has been constant focus on the details of the physical exchange. Here's the problem... I, too, live in south florida. I, too, have black male teenage sons. I, too, have had my children followed home neighborhood "watchmen". My 14 year old is strong and has been taught how to defend himself and if threatened will protect himself or his brothers. I can visualize this "watchman" following treyvon, I can see treyvon becoming both scared and angry. REGARDLESS of the reasoning or outcome – this child was profiled, stalked, and confronted while returning home from the store. Zimmerman provoked a physical confrontation. Zimmerman was not a Law Enforcement Officer in any capacity and as is was not trained to defend himself or others. He was not trained to encounter a "suspect", he acted on outrage and fear and as a result a child is dead. Out of concern for my children I pray Zimmerman will serve jail time to make other "watchmen" hesitate BEFORE another young child is killed.

    May 24, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
  2. Kirk

    GZ was the first aggressor when he started following TM. No one gave him authority to follow anyone. GZ was a neighborhood watchman and a private citizen. He is suppose to watch and call in any suspicious activity To follow is stalking and with a gun no less. GZ did not have any real cause to even call 911 as TM was doing nothing wrong. A chain of events was created by an over zealous watchman that resulted in the death of TM.

    May 23, 2012 at 12:32 am |
  3. Chut Pata

    Case for NRA. Everyone MUST carry a loaded gun all the time. If Tryvon had a loaded gun HE would have used the "Stand Your Ground" law i.e. instead of running away, he would stay there, take out his gun, and shoot his armed chaser.

    May 21, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • Rolly

      I would be so sad if we could not learn to deal with matters without carrying weapons all the time. It would have been ridiculous for a 17-year old to have to carry a gun just to get home from the store. If he had shot zimmerman, he would most certainly have been treated as a criminal. No doubt about it. and people would be saying "See? they are armed and dangerous hoodlums." They are already calling him a "thief" and a "thug" with no evidence that he was doing anything worse than "looking about" How is that unusual when you are on the phone?

      May 28, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
  4. David H.

    This case is called "The Very Worst Scenerio" As more details are revieled, you should sense the premeditated counduct of George Zimmermen, from the phone call to 911 up to the alleged screams of him being assaulted was all planned and orchestrated in case the "stand your ground law" was not going to be an acceptable defense. George Zimmerman's vigilante sprit of justice is almost predictable of past vigiante victims that abuses the law for their 15 minutes of fame. Zimmerman'sl carfully planned scenerio was to become his communities " hero" the champion of his community due to the recent burglaries that alleged young African-American males have been doing. As we can see the weight loss of him at the time of the confrontation being 6' 2 200lbs plus man could not defend himself against a 140 lb teenager? After the shooting he does his check list, I called the police (check) I have scares and I am bleeding (check) I screamed loud enough for help and sounded like my life was being threatened (check) etc... He was polite and co-operated fully with the police.
    The charges of 2nd degree murder was "The Very Worst Scenerio"according to George Zimmerman, fortunetly Treyvon Martin, has justice on his side.

    May 20, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
  5. Matt

    One detail that I've struggled with is Zimmerman's claim that he was attacked from behind unprovoked. If Zimmerman was truly walking away and was hit from behind without being aware of the hit coming, you would imagine he would lose his balance and either A. scrape his face hard on the pavement when he fell or B. scrape his hands hard when he reached out to break his fall. Also, if Martin, who was trying to get away from Zimmerman, suddenly decided he wanted to attack, why would he turn Zimmerman around towards him on the ground giving him a fair chance to return blows? If you're going to cheap shot someone and continue to beat them, you don't flip them into a position that would allow them to fight back. And if attacked from behind, Zimmerman's nose would have been broken by Martin when he was turned back over (unless he hit the ground with enough impact to break his nose but somehow not scrape the skin). Yet he only suffered small cuts on the back of his head and no concussion from being punched directly into the concrete? It would seem that the fight would have to have begun face-to-face and when Zimmerman was put on the ground with Martin over him, he reached for his weapon and shot.

    May 20, 2012 at 1:43 am |
  6. karen

    What new evidence? That's why Zimmerman wasn't arrested. His head was bashed in and Trayon was on top pounding him in the face. Sometimes the knockout games goes wrong. By the way, have they caught the four guys that beat a U.S. Army service man in Tampa who didn't stand his ground?

    May 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  7. Ryan Mack

    Zimmerman will walk. As he should.

    May 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  8. daren lighty

    its so sad that a kid is dead and the killer is a free is there a double standerd for who does the killing?

    May 19, 2012 at 2:23 am |
  9. Barry

    I think that all the media analysis of the evidence will make it hard to get a jury that has not been shielded from evidence that a judge could decide is inadmissible. For example, if someone hears what the girlfriend says she heard and then the judge decides that is inadmissible for some legal reason, will potential jurors admit that they heard it and be excused from serving on the jury or will they conceal the fact that they heard it because they want to be on the jury? This kind of reporting would never be allowed in the United Kingdom until after the trial. Why does our media insist on not only presenting results of investigations of crimes but also analysis of the evidence BEFORE a trial starts. Why the rush? It is an abuse of the right of free speech. Would our democracy be jeopardized by delaying reporting until after the court action got underway?

    May 19, 2012 at 1:35 am |
  10. Staylor

    1.Were Zimmerman's wounds to the back of his head cleaned up on the scene of the crime by paramedics since he didn't want to be taken to the hospital?

    May 18, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • Matt

      From what I've found, yes, paramedics "treated him" on site. There seems to be some discrepancy as to whether Zimmerman turned down further care (his story) or the paramedics stated his injuries were minor and didn't require any further medical attention (prosecution).

      May 20, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  11. Kattrinka

    Take a look at the blood on the back of Zimmerman's head dripping at an angle TOWARD his face......proves to me HE was on top of Trayvon!

    May 18, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • William

      Or the blood was still flowing when Zimmerman got up and bent over the body to see if he could help him. Or after the incident, Zimmerman was looking down or hanging his head down, realizing the fact he had just killed a man. It amazes me that everyone has tried Zimmerman and found him guilty, before the trial has begun.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:05 am |
  12. Sharon

    .Everyone is acting as though Trayvon did not have the right to defend himself!!!!!! This was a kid, who is now dead and Zimmerman is a grown man who decided to follow a kid with a loaded gun, and he had every right to defend himself from what could have been robber, or a child abductor/molester! Just because Trayvon might have been getting the best of someone who he was fighting off because he was trying to stop him, does not mean that Zimmerman did not start this confrontation! What do we teach our children if approached by a stranger? Anderson if you had kids, what would you teach them? Don't stop to talk, run or fight if necessary. Trayvon fought off a strange man who was trying to stop him and Zimmerman got scared and took his gun and shot this kid instead of fighting him like the grown man he was OR STOPPING IT BY APOLOGING to Trayvon for harassing him. HE DID NOT HAVE TO SHOOT HIM IN THE HEART! WHERE IS TRAYVON MARTIN'S RIGHTS TO SELF DEFENSE????

    May 18, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • Lily

      I agree. If I got followed and was being harassed and bullied, I would defend myself. If I saw a gun especially. We don't know if the weapon was drawn, too much missing data.

      May 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • John

      He didn't have to shoot him in the heart???...I doubt George had time to aim for anything. The heart is located in the torso, which is the largest area of the human body. Chances are, when fired blindly, the bullet will hit that region. It was likely a split second decision.

      May 20, 2012 at 3:12 am |
    • sam

      I agree 100%

      May 21, 2012 at 12:48 am |
    • Lawrence

      I agree completely!!!

      May 21, 2012 at 8:27 am |
  13. RL Lee

    The next time attorneys for the Martin family and Mark O'Mara are on the show to discuss this case, I would like the question of George Zimmerman's credibility raised by having the attorneys listen to the portion of Zimmerman's 911 call in which he identifies Martin as a person in his late teens, then under oath, later states in his apology to Martin's parents that he believed Martin was a person "closer to [his] age." Since O'Mara stated legally one can only discuss what did happen and not what could have potentially been "avoidable", I would like to hear his views on perjury in this case as Zimmerman DID state in the evidence (the 911 call) that Martin appeared to be in his late teens, then later stated a different "belief" in court. Since this contradiction DID in fact happen, what else can be discredited about the statements Zimmerman has made and how the evidence being released may be taken out of it's original and more importantly true context.

    May 18, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
    • sam

      whoa good point! 🙂

      May 21, 2012 at 12:50 am |