In order for George Zimmerman to be acquitted of murder charges, the defendant must show that he was in a fight for his life when he fired a fatal shot into Martin’s chest. This means Zimmerman must prove that Trayvon Martin caused his injuries in order to demonstrate that he fired in self defense, but as the Daily Kos points out, the DNA tests in the case do not support Zimmerman’s story.
Firstly, the DNA tests do not show any of George Zimmerman’s skin under Trayvon Martin’s fingernails:
Exhibit ME2: Fingernail scrapings represented as being from Trayvon Benjamin Martin
“gave chemical indications for the presence of blood”
ME 2A Right hand: “No DNA results foreign to Trayvon Benjamin Martin (ME-3) were
found on Exhibit ME-2A”
ME 2B Left hand: “No DNA results were obtained from Exhibit ME-2B
But how could Trayvon Martin grab Zimmerman’s bald head and bash it into the ground without getting skin under his nails? And, as The Washington Post‘s Jonathan Capehart reported in September of 2012, none of Zimmerman’s DNA was found on the cuffs/sleeves of Martin’s hoodie,
causing Kendall Coffey, former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida to conclude, “Unless Trayvon Martin was wearing gloves and a bonnet, it would normally be expected that there would be some evidence of him on the garment.”
From Daily Kos:
The Jury will see that the Autopsy report shows Trayvon had “a 1/4″ x 1/8″ small abrasion on the left fourth finger.” The Jury will also see that the Autopsy does not mention any: blood, dirt, defensive wounds or offensive wounds on Trayvon Martin’s knuckles, palms, wrists, fingers or thumbs — which dispels Zimmerman’s claim that Trayvon punched him in the nose 25-30 times, covered his nose and mouth while at the same slamming his head into the sidewalk over a dozen times.
Jurors will also see pictures of Zimmerman’s hands after he fatally shot Trayvon Martin, showing absolutely no abrasions or defensive wounds. A man who had been in the fight of his life wouldn’t have clean hands:
In addition, even though Zimmerman said he’d been pinned down by Trayvon, there was no mud or grass on his back.
Zimmerman also admitted holding Trayvon Martin face down in the mud at one point, a story supported by the mud and dirt on Trayvon’s clothes:
I was on top of him, straddling him, he was face down, when he kept hitting me in the face it felt like something was in his hands, so I thought he had a weapon, so I grabbed his hands and pushed them away from his body, and I said, “STOP! Don’t move.” He was saying something like “ahhhh ahhhhh and cursing” and I said, “STOP, don’t move” and then somebody came and had a flashlight and I thought was a cop and I said – oh and I still had my gun in my hand as I was holding his hands apart and I said are you a cop he said “no” but I’ll call them. I said, “I don’t need you to do that I need you to help me restrain this guy.”