Eli Katz wrote:Zimmerman may have been going for his gun after a verbal confrontation. And Martin may have punched him to prevent the guy from pulling his gun.
But we'll never know what actually happened. The physical evidence does not provide a full story.
Sure it does, there's plenty of negative space to base an image off of.
-Martin and Zimmerman did not enter into consensual assault.
-Zimmerman only received defensive wounds while Martin only received offensive wounds.
-Zimmerman's back was wet and stained with grass.
-Martin was shot in the chest at close range.
-Martin was 5'11" to Zimmerman's 5'7"-5'8".
So we can rule out Zimmerman executing this kid on the spot, the two didn't get into a fight that escalated into gunplay, and Zimmerman didn't shoot Martin in the back while he fled the scene.
Zimmerman confronted Martin and questioned his presence in the neighbourhood. One of two things happened, Martin got offended at the accusation and attacked Zimmerman before he drew a gun, or after he drew down. Either way, Zimmerman was on his back, getting pummelled in the head by Martin. At close range, after the battery occurred, Zimmerman fired his one and only shot into Martin's chest travelling front to back, with no exit wound. It's less likely that Martin attacked an armed man, and that armed man didn't fire more than one round.
It's a tragic case of wrong place wrong time, and Martin's poor judgement call to attack his accuser. Being wrongly accused sucks but it's no justification for assault, Martin fucked up and payed the ultimate price.