One of my favorite lawyer jokes is, “How can you tell a lawyer is lying?” The answer of course is “His lips are moving.” It seems the same could be said of George Zimmerman. The judge in the criminal case found him to be a liar as a result of actual recordings of his phone calls with his wife. The phone calls established not only that Zimmerman lied about being broke to obtain the lowest bail possible, but they also established that he conspired with his wife in an effort to hide the truth from the judge. The problem was that he wasn’t too bright. He conspired with his wife on a recorded phone call from the jail in which the message at the beginning of the call contained a warning that the call might be recorded. He and his wife talked in code, but the code could have been understood by a 1st grader. For example, “10” referred to “10,000.” Anyone listening to those phone calls would immediately question Zimmerman’s credibility on any matter, especially his account of a shooting that could result in life in prison.

In an effort to bolster the innocence of Zimmerman, Zimmerman’s attorney has released a video, made the day after the shooting, of Zimmerman purportedly describing the events that preceded the shooting. This video  was made at the scene of the killing, so that the investigators could see first hand about what Zimmerman was speaking. The first time you watch the video it might make sense and you might be persuaded that Zimmerman was actually the victim. However on closer examination you will see that Zimmerman repeatedly lied in his account. In fact he may have been foolish enough to repeat not what Trayvon Martin said, but what HE said shortly before shooting Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman says that Trayvon Martin said “You are going to die tonight, you mother fucker.” After considering this evidence, I would suggest that it was in fact Zimmerman who put his hand over the mouth and nose of Trayvon Martin, and told him “You are going to die tonight, you mother fucker.”

The 9-11 Call 

In the video, Zimmerman recounts the 9-11 operator asking him if he was following Martin. When Zimmerman responds “Yes,” Zimmerman says that he said “OK” and walked back towards his car. However the actual recording of the 9-11 call is quite different. Zimmerman never says “OK” when told not to follow Martin. Instead you hear heavy breathing consistent with Zimmerman continuing to run. It is during that heavy breathing that you hear:

“These assholes, they always get away.”

–more heavy breathing—

“Fucking Coons”

–more heavy breathing—

“crap, I don’t know where this kid is”

It is unmistakable from the 9-11 call that Zimmerman continued to run after Martin even though told “we don’t need you to do that.”

The police dispatcher indicates that the police are on their way, and tries to determine where the police should meet Zimmerman. The first time I heard the audio, it seemed that there was some confusion about the directions Zimmerman was giving of the exact place he would meet the officer. Zimmerman resolves the problem by asking that the police to simply call him on his cell phone when they arrive.  Instead of finding it difficult to describe how to find his car, it appears Zimmerman decides that a call would be better because he doesn’t know where he will be when the police arrive, and thus Zimmerman asks the police to call him when they arrive. If Zimmerman planned to return to his car, which was parked, it would have been easy to give directions. It is because Zimmerman doesn’t know “where this kid is” that he can’t give a location of where he will be when the officers arrive.

The Cries for Help

In the video account by Zimmerman, he says that he called for help. However the voice analysis of the actual recorded event compared the voice of Zimmerman to the voice calling for help.  Experts who analyzed the recordings reached the clear conclusion that the voice calling for help was NOT the voice of Zimmerman.  The experts did not have a recording of Trayvon Martin’s voice so they had nothing to compare the cries of help in the recording to determine if the cries came from of Trayvon Martin, but they were sure they were not made by George Zimmerman.

You Are Going to Die Tonight

In Zimmerman’s account of the events that led up to the shooting of Martin, he says that Trayvon put his hands over Zimmerman’s nose and mouth to try to stop him from calling for help, and that Trayvon said “You’re going to die tonight, mother fucker.”  Obviously if Zimmerman wasn’t the one calling for help then Martin didn’t put his hands over the nose and mouth of Zimmerman. If Martin wasn’t the aggressor, he was not the one predicting the death of anyone. At first glance, the account of Zimmerman is inconsistent with the image of a teenager taking Skittles to his brother. If Martin had been scarred he might have attacked Zimmerman, but it seems that if anyone was going to declare that “You are going to die tonight.” it would have been the aggressor. Zimmerman was the one on the lookout that night for criminals. Zimmerman was the person carrying a gun. Martin was carrying Skittles.

When he first spotted Martin he said “He looks like he’s up to no good.” When Martin paid for his Skittles he said “Thank you” to the clerk. When Trayvon Martin told his girl friend that this guy is chasing me he said he would walk away fast, but not run. Zimmerman said he was chasing Trayvon, and didn’t know where he went. This video of Zimmerman may have provided a glimpse of the exchange between Zimmerman and Martin seconds before Martin was shot. Instead of a statement by Martin, it was likely the aggressor, Zimmerman, who said you are going to die tonight. Trayvon Martin died. Zimmerman is alive to collect money and become a celebrity because he killed an innocent, unarmed teenager. If there was any doubt in my mind about whether this was a hate crime, Zimmerman has himself provided the proof that I need. I don’t believe that Trayvon Martin said “You are going to Fucking die tonight.” That was Zimmerman. We know from the 9-11 call that it was Zimmerman who used the word “fucking” when he made reference to “coons.” It was Zimmerman who called Martin the “ass hole.”

Zimmerman Forgets to Lie

Having listened to the video of Zimmerman several times, I realize that I missed perhaps the most important part of the story. At 2:30 in the video Zimmerman is describing the events immediately before the shooting. If you listen closely he slips up and says that he put his hand over Trayvon’s nose and mouth. Realizing that he admitted who the aggressor was he changes the account and says that it was Martin who put his hand over Zimmerman’s nose. Remember, that was the nose that was reportedly broken, yet no comment is made by Zimmerman about how painful that contact was. According to Zimmerman the shooting occurred immediately thereafter. Thus Zimmerman, by his own words, tells us what Trayvon can’t. That’s the problem with lying. You have to remember what the story was that you told before. If he had told the truth we probably wouldn’t have been so confused!  The problem with dying is that you can’t tell anyone that you were trying to call for help when an assailant put his hand over your mouth and declared before he shot you that you were going to die.