A newly-released investigative report has found that George Zimmerman passed two lie detector tests given to him on the night Trayvon Martin was shot dead, backing up his version of the events.
As he spoke, his voice levels were being measured with a Computer Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA), and was found to be telling the truth.
However, the results of such tests are usually not admissible in court.
Sanford detective Chris Serino said Zimmerman verbally confronted the unarmed 17-year-old before the physical brawl that ended when Zimmerman shot and killed Martin.
Zimmerman claimed he was acting in self-defence when he shot the teen, who was returning to his father’s girlfriend’s house from a 7-Eleven store.
He has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.
Serino wrote in his report that Zimmerman and witnesses said the defendant who was in his car avoided Martin when he first saw him because, as he told investigators, ‘was afraid of Martin.’
Serino also said that later in the encounter, Zimmerman got out of his SUV and followed Martin.
“His actions are inconsistent of those of a person who has stated he was in fear of another subject”, Serino wrote.
Today, it emerged that Serino, the lead detective in the case, has been reassigned to the patrol division at his request.
A Sanford Police Department statement said Serino made the reassignment decision ‘of his own volition.’ He will begin his new assignment in July. He did not have a listed number.
In video released last week by his attorney, Zimmerman told investigators his side of the story about the shooting.
He told them he grabbed his gun from a holster on his waist before Martin could get it, and shot the teenager once in the chest.
After firing, Zimmerman said he thought he missed, because Martin didn’t immediately fall over.
The tape shows two butterfly bandages on the back of Zimmerman’s head and another on his nose. There are red marks on the front of his head.
“It felt like my head was going to explode”, he says in the video.
Zimmerman claims he shot the teen in self-defense, under Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ law.
Martin’s parents have said Zimmerman was the aggressor. They said Martin was walking back from a convenience store through the gated community in Sanford when Zimmerman spotted the black teenager and started following him. They claim their son was racially profiled.
He remains in jail awaiting a second bond hearing scheduled for Friday.
Attribution: Mail Online