Again, I’m not sure what this changes:
WFTV has confirmed that autopsy results show 17-year-old Trayvon Martin had injuries to his knuckles when he died.
The information could support George Zimmerman’s claim that Martin beat him up before Zimmerman shot and killed him.
The autopsy results come as Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara continues to go over other evidence in the case.
O’Mara wouldn’t comment on the autopsy evidence, but WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said it’s better for the defense than it is for the prosecution.
WFTV has learned that the medical examiner found two injuries on Martin’s body: The fatal gunshot wound and broken skin on his knuckles.
I guess I just don’t understand why this changes anything. No one disputes there was a fight. What is disputed is what caused the fight. From what we know about the incident that is verifiable, Trayvon knew he was being followed (from the conversations with his girlfriend on the phone), Zimmerman is on tape with the 911 folks admitting he followed him, and from there, we are not sure what happened. Knuckle injuries on Trayvon could prove self defense on his part, as he was the innocent just walking through the neighborhood and was confronted by Zimmerman.
None of this new information changes the basic facts, which are that if Zimmerman hadn’t violated Neighborhood Watch rules and confronted Trayvon, and if Zimmerman hadn’t decided Trayvon was a threat simply because he was a black kid in the neighborhood, and if Zimmerman hadn’t been carrying a gun (again, against the Neighborhood Watch rules), Trayvon Martin would be alive today. I’d bet even the authors of the Stand Your Ground bill that makes this so legally murky never intended for people to accost someone, then, when losing the fight, pull out a pistol and shoot them. Even the NRA and ALEC aren’t that stupid.