Skip to comments.Lead investigator: Zimmerman may have exaggerated his injuries
Posted on 07/03/2013 2:02:13 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
The lead investigator for George Zimmermans case testified on Tuesday that he believes Zimmerman may have exaggerated the manner in which he was injured during the confrontation that resulted in Trayvon Martins death last year.
Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the death of the 17-year-old unarmed teenager, has pleaded not guilty, claiming Martin attacked him on Feb. 26, 2012, in the gated Sanford, Fla., community where the two encountered each other. Martin died of a single gunshot wound; Zimmerman was photographed by police that night with a bloody, swollen nose and wounds to the back of the head.
Zimmerman alleges Martin straddled him after punching him in the nose and banged his head repeatedly against the sidewalk, warning him before Zimmerman fired a shot at him, Youre going to die tonight.
On Tuesday, Chris Serino, the lead investigator in Zimmermans case, took the stand for a second day and testified that based on Zimmermans statements following the teens death, he felt Zimmerman may have been exaggerating the manner in which he was injured.
You felt he was exaggerating certain parts of it? prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda asked Serino.
Among other things, Serino said.
Did you feel he exaggerated the manner in which he was hit? De La Rionda asked.
Yes, sir, Serino responded.
When questioned later during cross-examination, Serino added he believed Zimmerman could have exaggerated the number of times he was punched or hit.
The back-and-forth on the stand followed testimony Monday during which Serino told the court he believed Zimmerman was relieved after being told by investigators last year falsely that video may exist of the shooting. Serino had testified on Monday that he tried to bluff Zimmerman about the existence of a video to provoke a reaction and gauge Zimmermans assertion
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Must have been fake blood, and a fake broken nose....
Yeah....dats de ticket!
Ignore the photos. Ignore the witness who recounts MMA-style punching, which already means multiple blows.
Try not to imagine yourself in Zimmerman’s position, having your face pounded in and your head cracked.
The prosecution is shameful.
I hope this prosecution is not symptomatic of the people of FL, but I wonder.
It was still assault-and-battery.
Serino told the court he believed Zimmerman was relieved after being told by investigators last year falsely that video may exist of the shooting. Serino had testified on Monday that he tried to bluff Zimmerman about the existence of a video to provoke a reaction and gauge Zimmermans assertion
And Z was relieved thinking there was a video to vindicate
Why is this farce continuing?
Why you need a lawyer with you when you speak to the police.
Not FL Freepers, that’s for sure.
We do not count the Snowbirds among our own.
I hope people do realize that that GZ injuries really have nothing to do with this case.
If GZ was injured enough to believe TM was going to kill him, then that is what matters.
What difference does it make?
What matters is whether GZ thought his life was in danger.
In the position he was in, St. Skittles could have whipped out a knife and dispatched GZ in less than a second.
Z had no idea what his attacker was packing.
Zman’s head had more tennis ball sized lumps than could be counted. His lumps had lumps. That’s why the SPD took all those photo’s from so many angles. They couldn’t count them all either.
When the back of your head is on the ground it’s rougher on your face when you get hit because there is no give.
When you have your head picked up off the ground a couple of inches it’s not as rough on the face because there is some give but the back of your head gets it.
When your head is up and your hit it only takes one punch to put you out of it.
If exaggeration is a crime, better include the Obama administration and approximately 535 members of congress to the indictment.
Zimmermans nose wasn’t broken as much as it appeared in the photo. Yeh, the prosecutor is a moron.
Let me guess media..Zimmerman pounded his own head into the concrete for WOW factor..the media just can’t bring themselves to admit their angel Trayvon was a thug who lived like one and died like one
In a split second more Zimmerman could of had his head cracked open.
I’m not sure how may folks have suffered impacts on the head, but they are very jolting. It may be true that the impact wasn’t as bad as Zimmerman thought, but who would know for sure.
It feels like you’re really being damaged. You haven’t had this type of experience on a regular basis. You have nothing you can compare it to.
It feels like you’re in serious danger. In fact you may be, if only the guy uses a bit more force. Adrenalin is pumping, everyone’s excited, why not take a chance Mr. Zimmerman, it’s only your life cracker?
Is there a rational mind out there these days? Sure doesn’t seem like it.
White boy sure do bleed alot.
Ah, so speculation IS allowed if it helps the prosecution! Glad to clear that up.
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Injury. Matters not for self defence. Besides St. Tray said Sin was going to be a dead man.
So is the press. But for the press, the charges would not have been brought. And the press is still grossly misleading about, among other things, the contents of trial testimony.
We are not required to allow ourselves to be seriously injured or halfway killed before defending ourselves.
Hogwash, the severity of injuries was no indicator of what he was risking if he allowed things to continue.
I thought GZ told police that Martin had bashed his head into the sidewalk 2-3 times. True or false?
I can only suggest that those who think the beating was no big deal be willing to take it themselves. See how many volunteer.
DON’T FORGET- THOSE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN MOMENTS AFTER IT ALL HAPPENED ON THE SCENE - BY A CELL PHONE FROM THE FIRST WITNESS TO ARRIVE
So the investigator lied to the victim and says that the victim may have been inaccurate in his account of the number of times he was pounded?
“It’s not like Trayvon Martin was WATERBOARDING Mr. Zimmerman!!!” < /liberal logic >
I like how Zimmerman was truthful to the police in the police station that night, yet the police lied their asses off to Zimmerman.
Look who is on trial.
I loved the female ME “expert”testimony that said Zimmerman’s injuries were a not as bad as they were made out.
The last time she had a broken nose and lacerations on the back of her head that needed stitches was probably her wedding night.
SYG is not in play. It’s simple self defense.
B U M P
That ME did not examine GZ, she looked at photos.
The severity of the wounds does not matter. There is no physical evidence that GZ assaulted TM. There is physical evidence the TM assaulted GZ. It is simple self defense.
They also conveniently leave out the part where Trayvon saw Zimmerman’s pistol and started going for it - Z would have probably taken that beating until the cops got there were it not for that one little detail that forced Z to try to defend himself. The Race Warriors aided and abetted by CNN/NBC/ABC/CBS will have their vengeance. Truth be damned.
I am really angry with Michael Savage and his little rant last night that he thinks Zimmerman is guilty for reasons that just aren’t true. If you are going to take a position, do the research, Savage - he allows no way to contact him by email.
If you’re bleeding, its a serious injury
I’ve had more than one down like that and I don’t think I ever went for the nose.
If your head is up off the ground, one good hit to your forehead will pretty much put you out of it.
If not from the punch itself from the back of your head hitting solid ground.
Been knocked out 3 times in my life. Ain't going to let some zombie make contact with my head if I have a choice.
Guy on the ropes died 10 days later. Trayvon was no Griffith but he was in a position to use his body weight to smash Zimmerman's head in.
Z knew that T saw the pistol and was going for it. I think that was when Z really knew he had to defend his own life. Z was carrying a little Keltech, hardly the weapon of a Vigilante Racist.
Haha! Yeah. Good one. Such nonsense.
When MOM asked this officer if he thought Zimmerman was telling the truth, the answer was yes. It’s normal for investigators to be suspicious of every suspect. It means nothing towards guilt, but I’m not surprised to see NBC portraying it that way.
This is not reporting it’s editorializing. This witness told the defense attorney yesterday he thought Zimmerman was truthful in his several interrogations.
So this investigators feelings are evidence?
I’ve been knocked unconscious once, training a pony when I was about eight. I had a concussion one other time, when my hands slipped off a branch and wound up hitting my head.
I’m with you. You start messing with my head, you’re giving me carte blanche with your rights.
“If he’s a cracker, he must be the attacker”
“If no crime was committed, he must be acquitted”