Live Update: Police video shows George Zimmerman walking into the police station 4 hours after the after he killed Trayvon Martin. As the video shows, George Zimmerman does not look like he suffered major injuries or even blood. The video is grainy:
Events in the case of the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida have been slow to unfold, and new details continue to be released. The following represents a brief synopsis of the major developments in the case, from the night of the shooting until present.
Click on the following picture to see an interactive multimedia timeline tracing the Trayvon Martin tragedy. See the additional summary below:
February 26: High school student Trayvon Martin is shot and killed in Sanford, Florida. He and the shooter, George Zimmerman, are identified the next day. Zimmerman claims he killed Martin in self-defense, and police do not arrest him or test him for drugs or alcohol.
March 9: The family of Trayvon Martin requests the release of 911 tapes from the night of the shooting, after a press conference the day before urging the arrest of Zimmerman for murder.
March 12: The case is dealt to state prosecutors to determine whether Zimmerman will face charges.
March 16: Excerpts from the 911 calls related to the incident are released and published. The case garners more and more national attention, as the tapes don’t seem to support Zimmerman’s claim that he acted in self defense. (This is when all hell starts to break loose.)
March 19: The U.S. Justice Department announces its intention to launch an investigation into Martin’s death, after his family asked the U.S. Attorney General and the FBI to become involved in the case. Details emerge that reveal Zimmerman violated major ideals of the Neighborhood Watch program, like carrying a weapon and pursuing a suspicious person. Martin’s 16-year-old girlfriend tells lawyers she was on the phone with him as the altercation began.
March 20: The Sanford Police Department admits they missed a possible racist slur by Zimmerman while speaking to a police dispatcher before he shot Martin.
March 22: Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee announces he will “temporarily” step down from his position, amongst accusations that his department did not perform the investigation into Martin’s death properly.
March 23: President Obama addresses the case of Trayvon Martin at a White House press conference, calling Trayvon’s death a tragedy.
March 26: Information comes to light that Martin had been suspended from school for ten days for possession of marijuana. It was later confirmed that this was the third time Martin had been suspended from school in Miami.
March 29: Police video shows George Zimmerman walking into the police station 4 hours after the after he killed Trayvon Martin. As the video shows, George Zimmerman does not look like he suffered major injuries or even blood. The video is grainy.