originally by: Evening Standard
published: 18 May 2012
Trayvon Martin, the teenager whose killing divided America, was shot in the heart at point-blank range.
The detail emerged in post-mortem results revealed in nearly 200 pages of previously undisclosed documents.
The neighbourhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, who shot him, was seen afterwards with a bloody nose and cuts to his face. The new documents also showed that 17-year-old Martin had traces of cannabis in his system.
Zimmerman is accused of second-degree murder over the February 26 shooting in Sanford, Florida. He claims he acted in self-defence.
The evidence sheds new light on the case that has sparked fierce debate about racial profiling and the state’s “stand your ground” law, which allow deadly force in the face of a serious threat.
He was not arrested for several weeks after the shooting because he invoked the law. The documents, photos and video were submitted by prosecutors to Zimmerman’s defence team this week before they were released to the media.