'It was a life and death struggle': George Zimmerman's allies say he suffered broken nose and gash on head after attack by Trayvon Martin
Zimmerman suffered a broken nose and a gash on his head after being knocked to the ground by the teen, lawyer says
Zimmerman is 'very, very sorry' for the killing and cried for days, friend says
However, new witness claims Zimmerman pinned Trayvon face-down after shooting and did nothing to help the dying boy
Justice Department may bring hate crime charges against Zimmerman
Prosecutor says Zimmerman could go free because of Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' law
George Zimmerman suffered a broken nose and a gash on the back of his head after Trayvon Martin attacked and beat him, the neighborhood watch volunteer's lawyer claimed today.
As the national outcry over the shooting continued to gather momentum, Zimmerman's allies say he was in a 'fight for his life' shortly before he shot dead the unarmed teenager last month at a gated community in Sanford, Florida.
The new account of the confrontation is part of a national attempt by Zimmerman's supporters to fight back against his portrayal as a racist killer who targeted 17-year-old Trayvon simply because he was black and wearing a hooded sweatshirt.
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Killing: Trayvon Martin (left) was shot dead by George Zimmerman (right) one month ago today in a gated community in Sanford, Florida
'It's not a racial issue. George Zimmerman is absolutely not a racist,' Zimmerman's lawyer told the Today Show Monday
Trayvon's parents are scheduled to meet with prosecutors Monday, who will decide whether to charge Zimmerman, who is half-white and half-Hispanic, with killing Trayvon. Prosecutors are weighing the case as millions of church-goers showed up for Sunday services wearing hoodies, to show solidarity with the slain teen.
Mr Sonner said a trial will show that Zimmerman was acting in self-defense when he fired a fatal shot that struck Trayvon in the chest.
Among that evidence is proof, Mr Sonner said, that Trayvon struck Zimmerman and knocked him to the ground. His nose was broken, he had a gash on his the back of his head and grass stains on on back, the lawyer revealed.
Police did not arrest Zimmerman after the February 26 because he cited Florida's so-called 'Stand Your Ground' law, which does not require residents to retreat and allows them to defend themselves when they have reasonable belief that they will be killed or severely injured.
That law could also make it difficult to win a conviction if they file charges against Zimmerman, a top prosecutor told Good Morning America Monday.
'The Stand Your Ground law is one portion of justifiable use of deadly force,' veteran State Attorney Angela Corey said.
'And what that means is that the state must go forward and be able to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt… So it makes the case in general more difficult than a normal criminal case.'
Despite being legally justified, according to friends, Zimmerman is remorseful about killing Trayvon.
Mr Oliver said Zimmerman wishes he could tell the boy's parents he is 'very, very sorry.'
Furthermore, Mr Oliver says, Zimmerman, who is currently in hiding, didn't stop crying for days after the killing.
However, millions of protestors have called for Zimmerman to be charged with murder for shooting the teen and believe the killing was racially motivated.
Despite the defense from Zimmerman's allies, a new witness has stepped forward and said she and her roommate heard Trayvon screaming before hearing a shot being fired.
In an interview set to air on Dateline NBC Monday, Mary Cutcher said that she and her roommate ran out after hearing the shot.
She said that Zimmerman had ‘his hands pressed on his back’ and ‘never turned him over or tried to help him.’
The version of events relayed the witness strongly contradicts the characterization by his friend Mr Oliver, who said that Zimmerman is surprised the case has turned into a national issue.
'The bottom line is there was a life and death struggle in that instance and someone was going to die.'
Joe Oliver, longtime friend of shooter George Zimmerman
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