According to recent forensic reports for the Trayvon Martin killing, no blood from the victim was found on the gun that was said to have killed him. In fact, very little blood from the victim landed on the clothes of the shooter. All of this information is based upon evidence released on Wednesday.
Even though reports from the crime lab prove that an innocent teenager was a victim, experts are quick to say that the evidence is not going to provide any major breaks for either side when they enter into the courtroom.
The State Attorney for Duval County has released a batch of reports from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Within this batch of information, there are emails, photos, lab reports, recordings, drawings and statements from witnesses. All of this information is just another part of the continuing investigation to prosecute George Zimmerman, who is currently charged with second-degree murder. According to Zimmerman, he killed Trayvon in an act of self-defense.
Some of the key highlights following the release of information are as follows:
- Even though there was DNA from at least three different individuals on the holster of the gun, the only one that could be identified was that of Zimmerman.
- Trayvon was eliminated as being one of the others whose DNA was identified on the grip of the gun.
- There was no DNA from Zimmerman underneath of Trayvon’s fingernails, but some of his blood was identified on the bottom portion of the sweatshirt Trayvon had on underneath his hoodie.
- The former police chief, Bill Lee, received numerous nasty emails within the weeks that followed the death of Trayvon. Some of the subject lines in the emails contained racist and slanderous comments.
One of the attorneys for the Martin family, Benjamin Crump, said the recent DNA evidence is a huge boost for the prosecution’s case. Crump commented that it is extremely significant that nothing from Trayvon was found on Zimmerman. This suggests that this altercation is related to more of the fault of Zimmerman than it is on Trayvon. Evidence also shows that there are contradictory facts against what Zimmerman claimed in regards to the gun. If in fact, Trayvon and Zimmerman were struggling and his head was slammed to the ground, there should be DNA underneath his fingernails. Since Trayvon is not here to ask questions to, the only thing left is to rely upon the evidence.
Zimmerman claimed there was a struggle, which is why he killed Trayvon. There are reports that show injuries on the back of Zimmerman’s head, but none of his blood is on anything Trayvon was wearing. Even though the majority of blood on the jacket Zimmerman wore was his own, at least one stain was Trayvon’s. Forensic reports showed that the clothes Trayvon wore were damp and smelled of ammonia or mold.
Many people are surprised that more of Trayvon’s blood was not on Zimmerman’s clothes, especially since he was supposed to be straddling him at the time he was shot. In order for his DNA to end up on the weapon Zimmerman had, he would need to have handled it for a significant amount of time. What does this DNA evidence mean for the case? Only time will tell.
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