Trayvon Martin would have turned 18 on Feb. 5, 2013. Instead he is interred in a Miami cemetery. But the evidence surrounding his slaying is still very much alive and will play a key role in the trial of George Zimmerman. Forensics experts and investigators have tried to piece together the last few crucial minutes of the teenager’s life. An autopsy revealed that he had marijuana in his system (although it may have been used hours or days before he was killed).
Based on audio evidence and witness accounts of the incident, his parents insist that the teen was defending himself from Zimmerman, not attacking him. The family’s funeral director seemed to corroborate their sentiment, saying publicly that he saw no signs of a fight on Martin’s body. However, photos of a bloodied Zimmerman did surface later indicating a struggle of some type.
Still, what will likely be most important to a jury are the minutes between the moment Martin left a Sanford, Fla. convenience store and the time he died. Prosecutor Angela Corey is pursuing a second-degree murder charge based on what she says is evidence an overzealous Zimmerman shot him to death.
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