by Frederick Leatherman
Cross Posted From Frederick Leatherman Law Blog
(h/t to Marilyn who reported this story in the Orlando Sentinel)
The witness named John, who identified Zimmerman as the man screaming for help, recanted that part of his statement when he was interviewed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on March 20, 2012.
He said it was too dark to see the mouths of the two individuals and he had just assumed that the man on the bottom was the one screaming.
“The black guy was on top,” he told FDLE Investigator John Batchelor. “The guy that was on the ground, under him at that point, wrestling, was definitely a lighter color.”
It was dark outside, he said, and at first, he thought he was witnessing a dogfight. When he stepped to the door, he realized it was two people on the ground wrestling.
The person on top was either hitting or pinning the other to the ground, he said. The person on the bottom was struggling to get up.
He yelled at them to stop, he said, “Hey, cut it out,” and thought they would, but they didn’t, so he stepped inside and headed upstairs to call 911.
He heard a loud pop, “like a rock hitting a window,” he said.
When he looked again, the person who had been on top, he said, was “in the grass not moving while the other gentleman has his hands in the air … The one guy that was on the bottom said, ‘I shot the other guy in self-defense. The gun is on the ground.’ “
No wonder the prosecutors charged him with second degree murder. This is a different case.