It wasn’t a great day for George Zimmerman yesterday, as a series of stories raised fresh doubts about his tale of killing Trayvon Martin in self-defense. First, the funeral director who prepared Martin’s body for burial said he observed no signs of a struggle, reports CBS News. Aside from the gunshot wound to the chest, “We could see no physical signs like there had been a scuffle,” he explained. “The hands—I didn’t see any knuckles, bruises, or what have you. And that is something we would have covered up if it would have been there.”
- The mother of a key 13-year-old eyewitness in the case says that police pressured her son to tell them details he hadn’t seen, reports the New York Daily News. He saw just one person in the grass, she says, and couldn’t tell who it was “because it was too dark.” But the police persisted, giving the boy a multiple choice question about the color of the sweater he saw. Of the three options, he told them he thought it might be red—the color Zimmerman was wearing. “I believe he felt pressured to give the color,” says mom.
- An anonymous eyewitness spoke to Anderson Cooper last night. He says Zimmerman didn’t seem injured as he walked away.
- More news from the past: Zimmerman was fired in 2005 from an under-the-counter security guard job because he “had a temper and he became a liability,” a former co-worker tells the New York Daily News. The man described Zimmerman as “like Jekyll and Hyde,” saying, “When the dude snapped, he snapped. He definitely loved being in charge. He loved the power. Still, I could never see him killing someone. Never,” he said.