5.17.12, Sanford, Fla.--Trayvon Martin's official autopsy has been released. According to MSNBC, the 17-year-old died from a single gunshot to the chest, fired at "intermediate range." There was one other wound on his body, a quarter-inch gash located on his left ring finger, just below the knuckle.
The report, which was released on Wednesday, was prepared by the medical Examiner in Volusia County and leaked to the press on Tuesday. Mountains of evidence for both sides to examine includes a reported 67 CDs worth of information, autopsy report and videos of a deceased Trayvon and police reports, photos and videos of Zimmerman taken on the fatal night.
Among the pile of evidence is Zimmerman's family physician released three-page medical report that was aired Tuesday night on ABC News in which he described Trayvon's accused killer as having several injuries, including two black eyes, a fractured nose, two lacerations on the back of his head and a swollen, busted lip.
Despite all these documented injuries, the 28-year-old neighborhood watchman did not go to the hospital but allegedly saw the doctor the day after he shot and killed the teen. EMT workers reportedly treated him at the scene of the alleged crime on Feb. 26.
Zimmerman is now out on $150,000 bail, charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The high schooler was reportedly walking back to his father's girlfriend home in a gated community when he was shot. He was unarmed, with only candy and a drink on him after visiting the nearby 7-Eleven.
The neighborhood watch volunteer claimed he fatally shot the teen in self-defense. but the State Attorney's office doesn't agree. Special prosecutor Angela Corey charged him 45 days after the fatal shooting. He was initially set free the same night of the tragedy, based on Florida's Stand Your Ground law. Despite his plea of not guilty, the prosecution says Zimmerman profiled Trayvon, followed him and killed him. After calling 911 to report a "really suspicious guy," Zimmerman was told by the dispatcher not to follow the teenager.
According to the family lawyer Benjamin Crump, Trayvon was on the phone with his girlfriend DeeDee around 7:12 that evening and four minutes later police were at the scene of the crime with Trayvon lying facedown in the grass, already dead.
Public outrage grew until the case drew national attention with over a month of protests, "hoodie solidarity marches" and even Senate and local Assembly floor civil disobedience. In New York State, Assemblymen/women donned hoodies in session, while on Capitol Hill one legislator was removed from the House floor for refusing to take off his hoodie. Facebook and Twitter were blanketed with celebrities and ordinary folks wearing their hoodies to show support and seek justice for the slain teenager, while exerting pressure on Florida to take legal action.
The FBI is also reportedly investigating whether this was a hate crime. A second-degree murder conviction can get the watchman a sentence of 25 years to life in prison, but a conviction of hate crime will up the ante considerably to the death penalty.
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