A medical report made public on Tuesday shows George Zimmerman had a broken nose, cuts to the back of his head and joint pain but was otherwise healthy the day after he shot and killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in February.
The 28-year-old complained of pain and occasional nausea from thinking about the killing, the report said. But he was at the doctor’s office in Altamonte Springs, Fla., because his boss told him he would need a medical note to return to work.
“He was told that he had a broken nose and denies being taken to the hospital,” the report said. “He then returned to work and was told he needed a police report and medical clearance to return to work.”
The report was made public by Zimmerman’s attorneys as part of his defense against a second-degree murder charge in a case that has drawn international attention. Prosecutors say Zimmerman profiled and killed the teen Feb. 26 in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., in an act of twisted vigilantism. He has pleaded not guilty and claimed he shot Martin in self defense after the teen attacked him and tried to kill him.
Zimmerman’s attorneys submitted the medical report as evidence on Friday during a hearing in which they asked Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. to release their client again on bail despite the judge revoking it earlier this year. The judge has yet to make a decision.
The four-page report by Altamonte Family Practice said that Zimmerman denied having any dizziness, headaches or numbness the morning after the killing even though he told authorities the teen had slammed his head into the pavement so hard he thought he was about to die.
“During the altercation he was assaulted, punched in the face, and shoved to the ground where his head was hit into the pavement multiple times,” the medical report said.
But although they recommended he speak to a psychologist to deal with the trauma, the medical workers saw no need to give him stitches for the cuts and told him he only needed to clean the area with soap and water everyday. He was also prescribed medications to deal with anxiety and joint pain.
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