Ahead of the June 10th date for the second-degree murder defense trial for George Zimmerman (pictured), a misstep by the former night watchman’s legal team presented one of many new developments in the case. Attorney Mark O’Mara acknowledged that his team “misstated” the origin and nature of a video they planned to present as evidence against slain teen Trayvon Martin. O’Mara apologized via a brief statement on Sunday (June 2), but the Martin legal team alleges there was a fabrication.
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In a hearing last week, O’Mara stated that they obtained cellphone video of a pair of Martin’s friends beating a homeless person in a bid to connect violent behavior to the teen’s past. O’Mara was forced to recant the video, after it was discovered that the video taken from Martin’s phone was that of two homeless men fighting over a bike.
The Martin family legal team took umbrage with O’Mara’s actions, stating that the attorney fabricated evidence in a follow-up interview with the Huffington Post.
From The Huffington Post:
The video, to me, is one of the clearest examples of a pure fabrication,” Jasmine Rand, managing attorney and head of the civil rights division of Parks and Crump’s South Florida office, told The Huffington Post. “I have no idea where that information came from. It’s inaccurate, and to spread that type of information on such an important case was a clear fabrication of the evidence. I think that the behavior of the defense, to me, would call into question their veracity as a whole. And if you fabricate evidence once, I don’t trust that you wouldn’t fabricate evidence twice.
As previously reported by NewsOne, “evidence” has been presented by O’Mara in a brash attempt to alter the image of Martin by linking him to guns, drug use, and a propensity for violence. O’Mara claims that Zimmerman shot and killed the 17-year-old, after Martin allegedly attacked him in February 2012 at a Florida suburban townhouse development.
Although Zimmerman appears by most accounts to have been the aggressor, steps have been taken to shape the murder of Martin as a classic case of self-defense.
Another wrinkle in the case manifested itself by way of the brother of brother Robert Zimmerman who shot down the findings of a state audio expert who analyzed a 911 called placed by a resident just before Martin was shot.
Audio expert Alan Reich wrote in a four-page report that he heard Trayvon Martin begging for his life as reported by the Orlando Sentinel early last week.