From the Orlando Sentinel:
The details revealed by the source provide new insight into what Zimmerman said happened in the earliest moments of his contact with Trayvon. And they may reveal the inconsistencies alluded to by prosecutors in the case.
One of those inconsistencies: Zimmerman told police Trayvon had his hand over Zimmerman’s mouth during their fight on the night he shot Trayvon.
The Sentinel’s source confirmed that Zimmerman’s statements include that allegation. But authorities do not believe that happened, the source told the Sentinel, because on one 911 call, someone can be heard screaming for help. If it were Zimmerman, as he claims, his cries were not muffled, the source said.
Zimmerman also told police, the source told the Sentinel, that while the two were on the ground, Trayvon reached for Zimmerman’s gun, and the two struggled over it.
Those portions of Zimmerman’s account are not corroborated by other evidence, the source said.
Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, said he hasn’t yet seen his client’s statements to police, and it would be inappropriate for him to address specific evidence in the case.
“It’s hard for me to even comment on it,” O’Mara said.
Sanford Spokesman Sgt. David Morgenstern said the police department “cannot make any comments on anything related to the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case.”
Reached in Birmingham, Ala., Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump said Thursday that Zimmerman’s claim that he was screaming in the 911 call and that his mouth was covered by the teen don’t add up.
“[Trayvon's father] Tracy Martin told me that that’s what [police] told him,” Crump said, of Zimmerman making those statements to police.
“It’s either one or the other, it can’t be both,” Crump said. “We have to put together this puzzle because, unfortunately, we don’t have Trayvon Martin’s version” of events.
Benjamin Crump reminds me of why I decided to go to law school. Due to a litigious ex-wife I found myself unwillingly sitting in courtrooms quite a bit in the Eighties and Nineties. As I would wait for my case to get called I watched the court handle other cases. Listening to some of the attorneys talk I realized I was definitely smart enough to make it through law school.
I don’t know exactly how long the fight between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman lasted, but it was long enough for people to hear it and call the police before the fatal shot was fired. I’m gonna guess it had to be at least 30 seconds but not more than a minute.
A lot can happen in 30 seconds. Place your hand on a hot burner and hold it there for half a minute. Feels like forever, doesn’t it?
So the fight starts. Trayvon hits George who goes down. Trayvon jumps on George and begins to pummel him. Then he grabs George’s head and smacks it on the sidewalk. George begins screaming for help. Trayvon puts his hand over George’s mouth trying to muffle his cries. George struggles to free his mouth. Trayvon sees George’s gun and reaches for it. The two men struggle briefly over the gun and then it goes off.
Could all that take place in 30 seconds? Easily.