George Zimmerman, 28, the man charged with second degree murder in the February 26 shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, has consistently stated through family and legal council that he returned to his car after being directed to do so by the 911 operator.
A court affidavit read during Zimmerman’s first court appearance states the obvious:
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George Zimmerman confronted Trayvon Martin on the night that he was murdered.
The Orlando Sentinel reports:
The four-page [probable cause] affidavit [offers] a few new pieces of information. It says, that “Zimmerman confronted Martin,” an apparent contradiction of Zimmerman’s version of the events.It also says Trayvon’s mother identified the screams for help heard in a 911 call as those of her son. It also reveals that investigators interviewed a “friend” of Trayvon’s who talked to him on the phone in the leadup to the shooting.
Based on the description, it appears the friend was the girl described by Martin family attorneys as his girlfriend.
“During this time, Martin was on the phone with a friend and described to her what was happening,” the affidavit said. “The witness advised that Martin was scared because he was being followed through the complex by an unknown male and didn’t know why.”
Martin tried to run home, the affidavit says, but was followed by Zimmerman. “Zimmerman got out of his vehicle and followed Martin.”
The affidavit goes on to say that “Zimmerman disregarded the police dispatcher” who told him to stop, and “continued to follow Martin who was trying to return to his home.”
Zimmerman, the affidavit says, “confronted Martin and a struggle ensued.”
An affidavit is a written statement confirmed by oath or affirmation, for use as evidence in court.
George Zimmerman appeared in court with his wrists in shackles, wearing a gray jumpsuit. He lives in a 2-inmate, 67 square feet jail cell at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility (JEPCF) on a no-bond status and is currently in protective custody — segregated from the general population. His attorney, Mark O’Mara, will not seek a bond hearing, preferring Zimmerman to remain “protected” until the “fervor” dies down around his client, who he claims is “tired and frightened”:
He is concerned about getting a fair trial and a fair presentation. He is a client who has a lot of hatred focused on him. I’m hoping the hatred settles down … he has the right to his own safety and the case being tried before a judge and jury.”
According to ABC News, law enforcement sources told them that he also “wept quite a bit” his first night in jail. O’Mara says that his client may at some point apologize to Trayvon’s family but that it would not take place in the media and he was also not sure when that would occur:
Understand that George fully well realizes that he was involved in some way in the death of another young man,” lawyer Mark O’Mara told ABC News. “He does not take the result of that altercation lightly at all. That weighed on him, I would imagine, more than the isolation, more than the last six weeks, more probably than the threat of what is to come in the system.”
Zimmerman’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 29. His trial has been assigned to Circuit Court Judge Jessica Recksiedler.