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As a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician serving on the emergency squad in my community, I can offer a little bit of insight into the information released by the special prosecutor, Angela Corey.

The most useful piece is the "Fire Department Report", on page 182.  The Fire Department response that night included an EMS rescue rig – R38 – staffed by one regular EMT and one paramedic EMT.

From the report we can also see that emergency dispatch only requested BLS – a basic life support rig – and ruled out the need for an Advanced Life Support unit (ALS). We can presume that means that the emergency dispatcher received information from first responder police officers on scene that led them to conclude no need for ALS.

The Sanford Fire Department rig R38 arrived on the scene at 19:27. That aligns with police narratives that state that they began CPR on Trayvon Martin around 19:22 and continued for approximately six minutes until R38 arrived.

The paramedic on the scene, Michael Brandy, states that he checked for signs of life, including EKG readings, and found none. At 19:30 Trayvon Martin was pronounced deceased. (continued below)

In the meantime, George Zimmerman had been taken into custody and was sitting in the back of a police patrol vehicle. The officer who first accosted Zimmerman noted that he was bleeding from his nose and the back of his head. At 19:40 the EMS team from R38 first made contact with Zimmerman. At 19:51 they reported to dispatch that they were available, meaning back in their rig with all equipment properly stowed.

Their observations and treatments over the next minutes are detailed in their "run sheet" – the written report released yesterday.

At 19:41 they make their initial assessment, noting that Zimmerman's respiration, pulse, pupil reaction, and skin condition are within normal ranges. They do a neurological assessment (Glasgow Coma Scale); Zimmerman's score is the highest possible – 15 (eye response, alertness and orientation, able to understand and respond to verbal commands, full motor control).

On more detailed physical examination, they note abrasion to his forehead, bleeding from his nose, and a one-inch laceration at the back of his head (occipital part of skull – the lower back part that juts out the most). There is minor bleeding from his injuries, and his nose is painful and tender when palpated (felt by touch). Zimmerman has good circulation in all his extremities, no tingling or numbness. He tells them that he did not lose consciousness, and has no pain in his neck or back, which might have indicated spinal column injuries. The only treatment given is to wipe the blood clean. No bandages are applied, which implies the bleeding has stopped. They offer to take Zimmerman to the hospital to be examined by a doctor if he's concerned about any of his injuries, but Zimmerman declines.

All of this probably took about five minutes or less. The paramedic and the EMT would have then gathered up all their equipment, recorded their notes, and restored their rig to ready condition. They reported that they were available for new emergency calls at 19:51 – eleven minutes after first making contact with George Zimmerman.

What is not detailed in their report are any injuries or signs or symptoms of severe head trauma. If a patient's head had been repeatedly bashed onto a sidewalk, we would expect to find abrasions, deeper and multiple lacerations, much more bleeding, as well as contusions and swelling. Absent obvious signs, Zimmerman still would have been taken to the hospital if the paramedic had any indication at all that Zimmerman's head had been pounded on pavement, even if based only on what Zimmerman told him or pain that he described.

While being taken in to police headquarters by Officer Smith, the first officer on the scene, Zimmerman does complain once about feeling light-headed. Smith offers again to drive him to the hospital, but Zimmerman tells him that he's OK, he'll be fine. Officer Smith files a subsequent report stating that he kept continuous observation of Zimmerman throughout the time he was in custody until Zimmerman left, and that at no time did Zimmerman exhibit any signs of head pain or mention again that he felt light-headed.

Occam's Scenario
There is one plausible theory of the events that can be supported by all of the available evidence, making the fewest assumptions and requiring the least complexity to explain.

1. At initial encounter, Zimmerman shouted at Martin. (Deep loud voice is heard before cries for help.)

2. Trayvon Martin punched Zimmerman in the nose and Zimmerman fell backward, striking the back of his head on the edge of the sidewalk. (Most likely mechanism of injury for wounds observed on Zimmerman and abrasions on Martin's knuckles.)

3. Zimmerman held objects in both of his hands when struck in the face, and did not want to let go of at least one of those. (Assumption: If his hands were free when falling backward, he would have broken his fall and not struck his head.)

4. One of those objects was a small black flashlight. (Found on ground nearby.)

5. The other object may have been Zimmerman's handgun. (Assumption – subsequent events are based on this assumption being true.)

6. If the second object were Zimmerman's handgun, that would indicate Zimmerman had pulled a gun on Trayvon Martin. In that case, Martin had no chance to flee, and could either submit to an armed and threatening stranger, or to try to fight, by punching him in the face as hard as he could.

7. If Martin observed that Zimmerman kept control of his handgun after falling, Martin may well have jumped toward Zimmerman to try to take the handgun away. (One eyewitness reported seeing Martin on top of Zimmerman, struggling.)

8. Martin was not successful; he did not control Zimmerman's handgun at any time. (Indisputed fact.)

9. Zimmerman regained his footing, may have yelled at Martin in anger at that time, while holding his gun on Martin. (Alternate occasion for deep shouting heard by witnesses.)

10. Martin began crying for help and pleading for his life. (Subsequent sounds of a younger person's higher voice crying for help heard by several witnesses and recorded on one 911 call.)

11. Zimmerman shot Martin in the chest. Martin fell forward. (Martin's body was found face-down.)

12. Zimmerman knelt down to see if Martin was dead. (Witnesses report seeing larger man kneeling over smaller man, then getting up.)

This is an "Occam's Razor" scenario because it doesn't require a lot of unsupported assumptions, and it fits all  of the known evidence.

Why shoot?

Inside Zimmerman's head, he's just been hit in the face, hard, by a young man he suspects is a criminal, and he had to struggle to keep the man from taking his gun away. Now the young man is crying his head off, alarming residents. Zimmerman knows police will probably arrive soon. His face hurts, perhaps the back of his head hurts too. He may not be thinking perfectly clearly, but he must know that it won't look good for him to be found holding a gun on an unarmed young man. He may be afraid that if he turns his attention away from the boy for a second, he might either run away or try again to grab his gun. The only way, in his mind, to resolve the situation, to make the screaming stop, to remove the threat that the young man would either flee or fight him again, is to pull the trigger. An ill-considered, stupid decision, but set in motion by all the other imprudent decisions he made up until that moment.

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  •  I dont think he faked the lightheadedness but (9+ / 0-)

    it was likley from the fact he just shot a man, and not from falling backwrds.  After the initial rush of adrenaline I would think he would feel woozy or dizzy and need to sit down.  I do not take much stock in the police officer's account as they are not trained.  The BLS might be standard protocol and ALS had to be called by BLS but I do not know how they work that in Florida. And if he did not think he would be pushed then there is the possiblity he fell without breaking his fall because of surprise.  Just trying to think all of the possible spins but no matter how you slice it, the shooting was wrong.

    •  Dispatch is trained to decide if ALS is needed (3+ / 0-)
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      The police first responders could have requested ALS, or the dispatcher could decide ALS is necessary based on information provided by 911 callers. It would be extremely rare for BLS to make a determination about the need for ALS in any situation, certainly not this one. BLS often may cancel the call for ALS, but in this case ALS was not requested.

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      by Roby NJ on Fri May 18, 2012 at 01:32:01 PM PDT

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  •  A lot of assumptions there (2+ / 0-)
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    the most important three being the assumptions that (1) Z had something in BOTH hands (it's not automatic that if he had one hand free, he could have broken his fall after a hard punch in the face); (2) that the second something in his hand was a gun (if he did have a second something, could it have been the phone he used to call 911?) and (3)  that Z pulled out his gun in a way that threatened M, and that is what provoked M to hit Z.  

    I would think that, in order to prove your scenario beyond a reasonable doubt, the prosecution would need something more than those three assumptions linked together.  And of course, as you recognize, the rest of your scenario hinges on the notion that Z pulled a gun on M, and M's hitting Z was in reaction to that.  I think that, at this point, the notion that Z pulled his gun on M at the very beginning is an "unsupported assumption" -- it may be true, but it's not supported evidence that was released today.  

    Also, the witness who saw M on top of Z actually saw M beating Z.  If that witness is telling the truth, M would have to be yelling for his life (your #10) while M was on top of Z, beating him.  Also, that -- instead of fallling backwards from one hit by M -- could account for Z's injuries.  

    Your scenario may be "a" reasonable scenario.  However, I don't know that -- based on the evidence that was released today -- it's THE correct scenario "beyond a reasonable doubt."

    •  Yes, a scenario (1+ / 0-)
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      And it depends on certain unsupported assumptions, as I said.

      But it requires FEWER assumptions than other scenarios, and fits all of the indisputed evidence. The link you provide is an argument, not a primary source. The statement from witness who says Zimmerman was on the ground being pummeled has some significant logical flaws. This scenario explains what he SAW (Trayvon on top of Zimmerman, the two of them struggling).

      The medical evidence fits this scenario better than your account or the account from the blogger you linked to.

      IANAL, this is not a prosecutor's brief. The prosecutor does not need to prove THIS scenario beyond a reasonable doubt. Zimmerman pulled the trigger, the prosecutor just needs to convince jurors beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman was not acting in self-defense or was reasonably in fear for his life.

      We can never know what happened for sure. The evidence shows that Zimmerman was struck in the face. From everything else that we know, there is no reason to believe Trayvon would have punched Zimmerman without provocation. And a gun being held on him is the most likely provocation. There will probably never be any evidence to support that, but it is the explanation that fits the facts best.

      There are many reasons why Zimmerman would have been unable to break his fall, but the most likely one is that he held things in his hands he didn't want to let go of.

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      by Roby NJ on Fri May 18, 2012 at 01:24:24 PM PDT

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      •  You assume that it was Martin (0+ / 0-)

        screaming, but we have an eyewitness who says it was Zimmerman

      •  i also find the assumption (0+ / 0-)

        that Martin punched a guy who had a gun drawn on him rather unlikely.

        1. At initial encounter, Zimmerman shouted at Martin. (Deep loud voice is heard before cries for help.)

        2. Trayvon Martin punched Zimmerman in the nose and Zimmerman fell backward,

        3. Martin got on top of Zimmernan and start beating him MMA style. Explains facial wounds and abrasions on back of head.

        4. Martin screams for help because he is being attacked.

        5. Fearing for his life, Zimmerman shot Martin in the chest. Martin fell forward. (Martin's body was found face-down.)

        6. Zimmerman knelt down to see if Martin was dead. (Witnesses report seeing larger man kneeling over smaller man, then getting up.)

        quite a bit simpler.

        •  It has been reported that .... (0+ / 0-)

          Zimmerman said Martin made a grab for his gun when he noticed it, then Zimmerman pulled it and fired in the heat of that battle.  This tells me the gun was still in Zimmerman's holster until Martin tried to grab it, not in his hand, ready for use.  

          It seems pretty clear that Martin sucker-punched Zimmerman (as he had previously done to a school bus driver), then continued to wail on him after he was down, then saw the gun in the holster and tried to grab it.  After what he'd just done, the "why" of that decision is pretty obvious.  It would also have been obvious to Zimmerman what Martin would have done if he'd been successful in taking control of the gun.  

          The nonsense reasons given for why Zimmerman fired are just ridiculous, especially since he knew the police were on the way.  No director of even a bad movie would present such an illogical scenario.

          "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

          by Neuroptimalian on Fri May 18, 2012 at 02:04:44 PM PDT

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          •  Your story doesn't change (2+ / 0-)
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            My guess is that this is exactly what you believed happened before this new information came out. And it's well-documented human tendency that we don't change our minds in situations like this even when given contrary evidence. Perfectly understandable.

            Please don't descend to personal insults.

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            by Roby NJ on Fri May 18, 2012 at 02:16:02 PM PDT

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            •  Yeah, 'cuz our stories have ALWAYS been consistent (0+ / 0-)

              with the available evidence.

              It's YOUR side, unwilling to let go of your preconceived notions, who have to tie yourselves into knots to make the pieces fit with your scenarios.

              Pointing out the nonsense your side is pushing isn't equivalent to "descending into personal insults."

          •  Such horse hockey. If Trayvon "wailed" (1+ / 0-)
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            on GZ, GZ would have had far more injuries. Also, there is only a little over 1 minute of time between the time when Trayvon's girlfriend heard the phone drop and the moment when Trayvon was shot. No time for "wailing".  

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            by rubyr on Fri May 18, 2012 at 05:21:06 PM PDT

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            •  I talk it you haven't reviewed all ... (1+ / 0-)
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              the police reports yet, or looked at the numerous photos showing Zimmerman's many physical injuries.  Contrast that with the complete absence of injuries to Martin's face and one HAS to be able to accurately predict the eventual lawful jury's verdict to the Murder 2 charge.  Acquittal.

              "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

              by Neuroptimalian on Fri May 18, 2012 at 10:09:45 PM PDT

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          •  Your whole scenario assumes GZ is (6+ / 0-)

            telling the truth. That has yet to be determined.

            Zimmerman said Martin made a grab for his gun when he noticed it

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            by CaliSista on Fri May 18, 2012 at 06:37:16 PM PDT

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          •  Except Robert Zimmerman's "Justified" defense (0+ / 0-)

            Jonathan Capehart wrote in Post Partisan that Robert Zimmerman's version of the story seems to match both the plot and dialogue of the FX cop show "Justified," including what Martin is alleged to have said before and after the shooting.

            The funny thing about this story is that Justified episode aired in mid-March at least three weeks AFTER the shooting.

        •  Doesn't make sense (5+ / 0-)

          Your #4 is pretty odd.

          If you meant in #4 that Zimmerman is screaming for help, there's a few very difficult assumptions you'd have to make before you get to #5.

          Zimmerman kept his gun in his waistband. If he's being hit in the face he'd be trying to fend off blows with his hands, screaming non-stop, and somehow he reaches underneath Trayvon, is able to cock his gun and fire, still screaming for help? (on 911 tape, screaming stops abruptly with sound of gunshot). Yeah, I don't think that's a simpler scenario.

          If in your gut you think Zimmerman was justified, you'll discount contrary evidence, and believe only confirming evidence.

          And the same goes for those who start out believing it was murder.

          I'm trying to be neither, just apply new information that we now have. An "MMA" style beat down to the face isn't consistent with the wounds observed and reported, and Zimmerman would have been much less coherent than described in all the reports.

          Neuroptimilian below is right, it's not really of much use to re-argue speculations -- I certainly didn't want to open that can of worms. But the release of a substantial amount of new information does produce a natural instinct to try to make sense of it by people who are interested in the case.

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          by Roby NJ on Fri May 18, 2012 at 02:11:04 PM PDT

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      •  Why is it SO hard ... (0+ / 0-)

        to wait to hear the testimony under oath and view ALL the evidence presented to a jury instead of risking making a fool of one's self publicly with multiple subjective, non-expert assumptions?

        "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

        by Neuroptimalian on Fri May 18, 2012 at 01:47:37 PM PDT

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        •  Ummm...Physician, heal thyself..... (2+ / 0-)
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          This tells me the gun was still in Zimmerman's holster until Martin tried to grab it, not in his hand, ready for use.
          It seems pretty clear that Martin sucker-punched Zimmerman (as he had previously done to a school bus driver),
          After what he'd just done, the "why" of that decision is pretty obvious.

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          by CaliSista on Fri May 18, 2012 at 06:44:12 PM PDT

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          •  Actually, I do try. (1+ / 0-)
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            It's just proven to be impossible, what with all the unbelievable assumptions that are tossed about regularly around here.  

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            by Neuroptimalian on Fri May 18, 2012 at 10:05:51 PM PDT

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      •  Here are the assumptions I question (2+ / 0-)
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        And a gun being held on him is the most likely provocation
        "most likely" based on what?  What evidence would support a theory that Zimmerman threatened Martin with a gun before Martin hit him?  What you've done is say, "it could have happened."  That doesn't make it the "most likely" scenario.  It makes it "a possibility." You have to show more than that to say it's the "most likely scenario."    

        Also

        the most likely one is that he held things in his hands he didn't want to let go of

        Why is this explanation of why he didn't break his fall "more likely" than the explanation that a punch in the face sufficient to break his nose stunned him so that he didn't break his fall in the second it took to fall backward?  These are two possibilities. Why is one "more likely" than another?

        And, if you assume that he had both hands full, why is it "more likely" that he was holding a gun rather than something else like the cell phone he had been using?  Both are plausible.  Why is one "more likely" than another?  

        I agree you've set forth a possible scenario. I disagree that you've set forth facts to show that it's the "most likely" scenario.  

        And it doesn't include the explanation of the witness who saw Trayvon on top of Martin, or the witness who says Zimmerman was the one screaming.  To make your scenario the "most likely" you have to make another assumption -- that those two witnesses are lying.

        Again, I agree that you've posited a theory.  I disagree that you've demonstrated that it's the"most likely."  

  •  Based upon spotty information and unverifiable.... (5+ / 0-)

    assumptions that in a court of law can be cast in the realm of reasonable doubt easily....

    Sorry.  I find what you wrote entirely plausible.  But that's because I'm disposed to do so.

    What is completely without controversy is that Zimmerman continued to pursue Martin after a dispatcher said "We  don't need you to do that."  From that moment on, it seems to me, the notion of self-defense on Zimmerman's part becomes inoperable. That's always how I have seen it.  I just wish that the dispatcher had issued a command rather than a suggestion.

  •  falling foreward? (2+ / 0-)
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      I'm confused. it seems like if Martin were shot in the chest from the front, especially at close range that he would be thrown backwards.  Could Zimmerman moved him after shooting him?

  •  What if Trevon had been white and Zimmerman black? (2+ / 0-)
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       In this scenario I bet the police would have hauled Zimmerman to jail for stalking and killing a white kid.

       The facts are that Zimmerman was an overzealous self appointed vigilante, Trevon a frightened kid.

  •  No way to know what happened (6+ / 0-)

    conclusively, with the information publicly available now.   So I dont know if Travon was somewhat to blame or is Zimmerman was somewhat to blame, or if it was all one or the other.  That is what a court is for.  

    What has always bothered me, and I fear could be lost is Why, why why wasn't Zimmerman taken into custody to await arraignment.  In addition, seems to me that more evidence might have been preserved, including statements following made by both witnesses and Mr. Zimmerman himself. The law enforcement team really screwed the pooch on this one in my mind.  A man is shot and killed in a one on one encounter, and the self-admitted shooter is present at the scene with the smoking gun in hand.  Sure sounds like probable cause to me.  

    Now, do I think that race could have been a factor?  sure.
    Do I think that Travon's possible thuggery and or marijuana use really matters a lot?  no.  red herring of sorts.   But why wasnt Zimmerman held instead of let walk that night?  Travesty of the process.  

  •  Okay, there are assumptions in this scenario... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...even if they won't hold up in court.  On the other hand, I'm tired of reading about the beating Zimmerman asserts he got and the officials are only recently reporting.  In fact, the picture of those wounds in his head look like symmetrical razor cuts to me...not the result of random banging on concrete.  

    Therefore, I welcome any unbiased suppositions from a professional medic.  Thanks for your opinion, Roby.  

  •  Reccing for the top part :) (2+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for providing some background on EMT jargon and procedures. Most surprising to me was the small amount of time spent treating the MMA/WWE/UFC beatdown delivered to GZ.

    The second part?? It has a bit to much speculation for me to conclude that it is the most likely scenario.  Way too many unknowns at this point.

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    by CaliSista on Fri May 18, 2012 at 06:52:14 PM PDT

  •  Zimmerman's questionable medical decisions (0+ / 0-)

    Supposedly the doctor he saw was a surgeon, possibly a plastic surgeon and a family friend. Zimmerman went their initially to get a note excusing him from work. He declined to see an ENT despite a broken nose. He declined to see a specialist for concussive or TBI. To be blunt, what he has do not seem to be life threatening injuries nor does it appear that the fear of his own life seems reasonable.

    •  But he didn't HAVE to have already suffered (0+ / 0-)

      Those really bad injuries in order to be justified in using lethal force.

      That's YOUR faulty, unsupportable conclusion.

      Way, way, WAY too many people here don't understand this, even though it's been explained multiple times.

      All one has to do is believe that if one doesn't try to stop what's happening by using lethal force in a self-defense matter, one will be seriously injured or killed.

      One could be not injured at ALL, and claim self-defense, if one presents reason to believe that one is at mortal risk. Example - someone says to you that they're going to kill you, and they go out into the garage and come back with a chain saw, and as they are approaching you, they start it up. Do you REALLY suggest that they have to wait until they're actually HIT with the chain saw before they can shoot the asshole? Really?

      Do you NOW understand what a stupid argument that is?

      He didn't have to be really badly hurt to claim that he feared for his life. And, according to his story, after the beating had gone on for a little less than a minute, Trayvon saw his gun and then told him that he'd kill Zimmerman. Someone beat him up, not stopping even when a neighbor hollers at him to stop and tells him that he's calling the cops. Then that same determined person tells Zimmerman that he's going to kill Zimmerman - IF he (or his attorney) can convince a judge/jury that that's how it happened, then he's more than justified in using lethal force to stop the potential attack.

  •  It does NOT fit all the evidence (0+ / 0-)

    Multiple people saw the scuffle on the ground.

    There was no one holding a gun on another person.

    The evidence is that the gun barrel was touching Trayvon's clothing when he was shot, and the gun barrel was at most 2-4 inches from his body when it went off.

    That's not consistent with your scenario.

    While the pleading for help was going on, they were on the ground - both of them.

    Witnesses tell us that.

    Really, if you're not going to be well-enough informed on a topic, you shouldn't try to run with suppositions like this.

  •  location of the body is strong evidence (0+ / 0-)

    How far from the path GZ was on to(wards) his truck was the body found?  We now know it was at least 40 feet, maybe 60.  He was in the backyard of the tenant at 1221 Twin Trees.

    GZ's father claims GZ walked the cut thru path from Twin Trees TO Retreat View Circle and then was "returning to his vehicle" when approached from behind and left, and after a short verbal exchange was sucker punched to the ground.  

    We do not know GZ's actual statements to Sanford PD, only proxy versions by his family, who all claim the short exchange and immediate fall to the ground, along with the contention that GZ was returning to his vehicle.  

    Why then wasn't Trayvon's body found on the cut thru path?  Instead both the body and GZ were found by the first officer, according to his report, deep into the "dog walk" path, the path that led to Trayvon's home for the week?  

    One person closed the gap between the two to begin the confrontation, or at minimum the two met in the middle.  GZ claims the former, yet the body is found off of his innocent route to his vehicle and instead on Trayvon's path to home.  

    That GZ is pushing a false narrative is a strong possibility given what we know about his likely testimony to Sanford investigators, which is currently under seal.  

    Eye and ear witnesses seem to suggest in small ways that the fight was a longer exchange or words, followed by a migrating struggle that led from north to south.  These details are scattered and slight, and would be difficult to present at trial as strong evidence, but they are there nonetheless, including one witness on page 40 of thee discovery .pdf who claims a two person foot chase where the two were 10-12 feet apart, running after one another.  No matter who was chasing whom, this doesn't seem to fit GZ's narrative at all.  

    One person left his innocent path.  Another had his innocent path cut off.  GZ is telling it backwards, In my opinion and if so lied to investigators.  Juries tend to frown upon that.  

  •  thanks for the EMT lingo translation (0+ / 0-)

    It's quite valuable but I'd suggest you republish the diary without the speculation about how the fight may have started.  It's speculation based on little to no evidence that could be proven at trial, and as such not much help to anyone.  It's a private opinion worthy of a comment, not a diary I think.  

    But the extent of  the injuries to GZ will be important at trial and you have added much to my knowledge about the impressions of first responders.  They didn't even think he needed a band aid... and confirmed he never lost consciousness and was asked about such directly.  If he gave a detailed reply, perhaps they could be called as witnesses to corroborate the tale of nearly blacking out told by his brother to the press in a dramatic fashion, with talk of "adult diapers" and such.  

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