Trayvon Martin’s DNA Not Found On Zimmerman’s Gun
ORLANDO (CBSMiami) — The prosecution in the George Zimmerman case released hundreds of pages of new evidence Wednesday, including DNA test results, photos and sketches from eyewitnesses who say they saw part of what happened the night Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin.
The evidence suggests Martin, a 17-year-old visiting Sanford from Miami Gardens, did not touch the grip of the gun that killed him.
In his February 27th interrogation, Zimmerman indicated Martin reached for the gun.
“I felt him take one hand off my mouth and slide it down my chest,” Zimmerman told Sanford Police investigators the night after the shooting. “I just pinched his arm and I grabbed my gun and I aimed it at him and I fired one shot.”
New documents released Wednesday from the Duval County State Attorney lists the gun grip as exhibit DMS -21a.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement evidence says, “Trayvon Benjamin Martin (ME-3) is excluded as a possible contributor to the mixed DNA obtained from exhibit DMS-21a.”
A few lines down, while still referencing the gun grip, the FDLE report said, “This major DNA profile is consistent with originating from a male individual and matches the DNA profile from George Michael Zimmerman.”
Tests show there was DNA from at least three different people on the holster Zimmerman used to carry his gun. One sample matched Zimmerman, but the other two couldn’t be identified, according to the documents.
The evidence also included several sketches from eye-witnesses explaining the scuffle between Martin and Zimmerman.
Using stick figures, one witness remembered the person in the red shirt on the bottom, and the person with the black shirt on top. Zimmerman was wearing a red jacket that night. Trayvon was wearing a dark grey sweatshirt.
When the clothes were tested, both Trayvon and Zimmerman’s DNA turned up in the blood stain on Trayvon’s shirt.
“George Michael Zimmerman (JR-2) and Trayvon Benjamin Martin (ME-3) are included as possible contributors to the mixed DNA profile obtained from exhibit ME-8 stain d.”
Zimmerman’s DNA was not found under Trayvon’s fingertips.
The newly released evidence also included an audio interview from Witness 31, the convenience store clerk who sold Trayvon the candy and iced tea before he died.
He told investigators he did not remember Trayvon.
Tens of thousands of former Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee’s emails were also made available.
One from a writer named Gary Hoose, said “Is George Zimmerman a personal friend? I can’t imagine why he hasn’t been charged with 1st degree murder otherwise.”
Another was from the President of the Seminole County NAACP, requesting a meeting with Lee just days after Trayvon’s death.
Lee was eventually fired after his department faced harsh criticism over its handling of the case.
Zimmerman is charged with second degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin.