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March 29, 2012

Top 10 Holes in Zimmerman’s Account

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Written by: Kelly Virella

George Zimmerman's arrival at the Sanford Florida police station


ow that ABCNews has shown us what George Zimmerman looked like when he arrived at the police station, we have more than enough information to highlight the inconsistencies in his story. As the police expert from John Jay College of Criminal Justice said on the Lawrence O’Donnell show yesterday, “If he [Zimmerman] alleges that he was in a life and death struggle, this video belies that claim.” There is:

  1. No blood on his shirt from a shooting that allegedly occurred at close range, while Trayvon Martin was on top of him.
  2. No signs of bruising, abrasions or even redness on his face. No signs of cuts on his head. No wounds on his allegedly broken nose.
  3. No emergency room visit for a broken nose or anything else.
  4. No torn clothes. No disheveled appearance. And possibly no dirt on his light grey shirt or red jacket.
  5. No signs of trauma on Trayvon Martin’s hands.
  6. No signs of agitation or stress after just having engaged in a fight for his life.
  7. No explanation for how a scuffle that he says began beside his parked SUV meandered into the alley and ended with Trayvon dead in less than 1 minute.
  8. No reason for Trayvon to attack him if Trayvon were afraid and had escaped him.
  9. No reconciliation between Zimmerman’s account and the account of Trayvon’s girlfriend, who is now being called DeeDee. She was allegedly on the phone with Trayvon when he and Zimmerman first spoke.
  10. No reason to continue following Trayvon after the 911 operator said “We don’t need you to do that.”
And as a bonus, can anyone explain why — if Trayvon wasn’t the one screaming in the 911 tapes — the screaming stopped immediately after the gunshot?

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About the Author

Kelly Virella
Kelly Virella lives in an East Harlem walk-up with her husband, her bicycle and her books. She's worked as a journalist for 11 years and started this website during the summer of 2011. She fell in love with New York City during her first visit here as a 16-year-old and finally made good on her promise to move here in April 2010.


Official portrait from his tenure as US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.