originally by: LA Times
published: 25 May 2012
Evidence released last week in the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman shows four key witnesses made major changes in what they say they saw and heard on the rainy February night when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Three changed their stories in ways that could damage Zimmerman. One man who initially told police Martin was atop Zimmerman punching him “MMA-style” — a reference to Mixed Marital Arts — later said he was no longer sure about the punches. The teenager may have simply been keeping Zimmerman pinned to the ground, he said.
A fourth witness abandoned her initial story — that she saw one person chasing another. Now she says she saw a single figure running.
They were re-interviewed in mid-March, after Sanford, Fla., police handed off the case to State Atty. Norm Wolfinger. The case changed hands again when Florida Gov. Rick Scott appointed a special prosecutor.