Zimmerman Trial - Is the Prosecution Holding Back?

by Paul Siciliano


Okay, so I have harped several times on key inconsistencies among Zimmerman's statements (not those with other evidence) and the State has pinpointed a few.   There is one, however, that I believe to be absolutely crucial to this case because it goes to the beginning of the confrontation itself - where exactly did the confrontation begin?  To refresh, let's go to what Zimmerman said in his written statement to police the night of the shooting:

 

As I headed back to my vehicle the suspect emerged from the darkness and said, “You got a problem”.  I said “No”.  The suspect said “you do now”  As I looked and tried to find my phone to dial 911, the suspect punched me in the face.  I fell backward onto my back.  The suspect got on top of me.  I yelled “Help” several times.  The suspect told me “Shut the fuck up” as I tried to sit up right.  The suspect grabbed my head and slammed it into the concrete sidewalk several times.  I continued to yell “Help”, each time I attempted to situp, the suspect slammed my head into the sidewalk.  My head felt like it was going to explode.  I tried to slide out from under the suspect and continued to yell “Help”.  As I slid, the suspect covered my mouth and nose and stopped my breathing.  At this point, I felt the suspect reach for my now exposed firearm and say “Your gonna die tonight Mother Fucker”.  I unholstered my firearm in fear for my life as he had assured me he was going to kill me and fired one shot into his torso.  The suspect sat back allowing me to sit up and said “You got me”.

In this account, Zimmerman is saying that the initial punch from Martin knocked him to the ground.  This suggests that the fight should have taken place at the intersection of the T and this is where Martin should have been shot, since there is no way, and Zimmerman does not say, that they rolled 30 feet.  During the re-enactment, Zimmerman catches this is a problem and ad libs that he fought off Martin down the T somehow landed onto the grass.  

This is a huge inconsistency.   Did the initial punch knock you down or not?  That is something you would not forget.  If the initial punch did knock Zimmerman down (and I actually believe it did), then the altercation took place down the T, which suggests Zimmerman continued to follow Martin.  If the punch did not, then why did Zimmerman say so?

So, why hasn't the State pointed out this inconsistency?  Am I just grasping at straws?  I think the State is saving this just in case Zimmerman testifies (and I still think he has to) and present it to Zimmerman.  Now O'Mara and West are not stupid and probably have prepped Zimmerman on an answer to this, but the effect of having this brought up with the Defendant and not an officer is important.  Zimmerman is not good when you push him a little.  Heck, he performed poorly on Hannity, a friendly "news" program. 

If Zimmerman does not take the stand, the State will drive this point home on summation.  They need to, because this is crucial.  It is interesting that Zimmerman has a lot of detail to his story (even more detail than could happen within the time frame of events) but his details of crucial moments are lacking.  That is suggestive in of itself.  We will see what the Prosecution does with this inconsistency, but I believe they are waiting to pounce on it. 

Update - Going back to the interview Zimmerman had with Officer Singleton, before his written statement and the re-enactment (this would be the first discussion with police about the incident), Zimmerman says: 

And he punched me in the nose.  At that point I fell down. . . I fell to the ground when he punched me the first time.   It was dark, I didn't even see him getting ready to punch me.  As soon as he punched me, I fell backward to the grass.

I actually believe that is true, except this did not occur at the intersection of the T, but further down the T which means Zimmerman went down the T to look for Martin.