Facts Don’t Add Up in Martin Case

One shot, one arrested, and two conflicting stories. This is the case Zimmerman vs. Martin that started on February 26.

According to many articles already written about this topic, Zimmerman pleads victim. His statement is often along the lines of him only opening fire after Martin had punched him in the face, knocked him to the ground, and started banging his head into the concrete sidewalk.

Reports say that the voice heard on the 9-1-1 calls doesn’t sound like Zimmerman’s.  NPR reported that Tom Owen, who used software to compare the voice crying for help in the background to Zimmerman’s voice on a 9-1-1 call made earlier that day, stated that Zimmerman’s voice was only a 48% match to the voice on the tape. Owen said that to reach a positive match with audio of that quality, he’d expect it to be more than a 90%.

One source said that Zimmerman was treated on scene for an injury on the back of his head, but there was no physical evidence of blood on him when he was taken into the police station later that night, further conflicting his statement.

The funeral home operator who worked on Martin’s body stated that the teen’s body –beside the gunshot wound to the chest- was pristine, and there was no evidence of a serious altercation. He also later said that if there were a struggle, there would have been things along the nature of cuts and bruises, of which there were none.

For witnesses, there is one that is known of. He is the 13-year-old son of Cheryl Brown. According to his statement, he saw the initial exchange between Zimmerman and Martin and ran inside to tell his sister to call 9-1-1, then heard the gunshot go off.

For who’s correct in this case, and which details are true, the nation is sure to find out in the weeks to come.