If the fact that she brought a second-degree murder charge against George Zimmerman earlier this week didn’t make it clear enough, a Florida special prosecutor released a document late Thursday that makes plain she doesn’t buy his story about the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
An affidavit made public by special prosecutor Angela Corey said her investigators determined Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., was the one who pursued and confronted Martin.
It said Zimmerman was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher on the night of Feb. 26, just minutes before the confrontation. The dispatcher told him not to chase after the teen.
“Zimmerman disregarded the police dispatcher and continued to follow Martin who was trying to return to his home,” the document said. “Zimmerman confronted Martin and a struggle ensued.”
That account contradicts what Zimmerman’s family has said publicly. Zimmerman’s brother and father have said Zimmerman was walking back to his vehicle when Martin came up from behind and attacked him.
The document also said Zimmerman shot Martin in the chest, and later admitted to police officers he was the one who did it.
Zimmerman was charged on Wednesday with second-degree murder after weeks of national debate over the case and whether he should have been arrested in the killing.
Here is video of Zimmerman’s appearance in court on Thursday.
Nick Martin is an associate editor at TPM in New York City. He came to the site in 2011 as a reporter for TPMMuckraker. Previously, he worked in Arizona, first as a staff reporter for a local newspaper and later as a freelance journalist. He also ran the news blog Heat City. Contact him: nick [at] talkingpointsmemo.com