Trayvon Martin’s family lawyer, Ben Crump, said the police interview tapes that were released this week highlight possible inconsistencies in George Zimmerman’s account of the incident that culminated with him killing Martin.
“So you basically jumped out of the car to see which way (Martin) was going?” investigator Chris Serino asked Zimmerman, which was acknowledged with a “Yes, sir.” Serino responded, “That’s not fear, you know what I mean. That’s one of the problems I have with the whole thing.”
Crump pointed to these questions as one of the key pieces of the released evidence. “Obviously, the lead detective did not believe Zimmerman, his credibility’s a major issue. And yet, remember, it is only his version,” he said.
According to Crump, Martin’s family wants all of the evidence to be released to the public. “They want all the evidence out because they know their son, they know the kind of child he was,” Crump said.
The police video and audio recordings were released by Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara on the defense team’s website. His reasoning was similar, wanting the public to have full access to the evidence.
“My fear is that people have made up their minds on anger, hatred, predisposition on things, and that hurts the process,” O’Mara said. “This process is going to work best when all the evidence has been reviewed and then people can make their decision.”
Zimmerman remains in jail awaiting a new bond hearing scheduled for next Friday. He is facing a second-degree murder charge for Martin’s death.