There is a lot of misinformation floating around in the current discussion thread on the George Zimmerman trial. So I did some digging to check the facts. I was surprised that my understanding of where Trayvon’s father may be incorrect. It was my understanding that Trayvon’s dad lived in an neighborhood that abutted The Retreat at Twin Lakes. Wikipedia (yes I know anyone can say anything on Wikidpedia) says that Trayvon’s dad’s financee lived in Twin Lakes. That Trayvon and his father were at her place to see her and her son. There are four footnoted sources that are supposed to confirm this. However, I read all four and none of them really supported this claim, but in one, some kids from Twin Lakes claimed they used to play football with Trayvon in the grass where the altercation with Zimmerman occurred. So it does seem likely that we misunderstood the claims that “Trayvon was almost home” when in fact he was almost back to the house he was visiting, a townhome where he was a regular visitor. In reality, this is irrelevant to the case. But those of you that know me know I love digging up the facts.
So click through for all of the Wikipedia information. Some of it may surprise you. I hope that the footnotes remain clickable links so that you can check sources and form your own opinions about how credible the states are. This is Wikipedia after all. And as always, thanks again to everyone for playing nice with each other are arguing the topics without insulting those with other opinions. You are all doing a fabulous job of having one of the only “grown folk” conversations on the net with a very sensitive topic.
Trayvon Benjamin Martin (February 5, 1995 – February 26, 2012) was the son of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, who were divorced in 1999. He was a junior at Dr. Michael M. Krop High School and lived with his mother and older brother in Miami Gardens, Florida.
On the day Martin was fatally shot, he and his father were visiting his father’s fiancée and her son at her townhome in The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, a multi-ethnic gated community, where the shooting occurred. Martin had visited his father’s fiancée at Twin Lakes several times.
Martin had been suspended from school at the time of his death, his third disciplinary suspension of the year. One suspension was for tardiness. Another suspension was for graffiti, when Martin was observed by a security camera in a restricted area of the school marking up a door with “W.T.F.” When he was later searched by a Miami-Dade School Police Department officer, looking for the graffiti marker, the officer found several pieces of women’s jewelry in his backpack, which Martin said were not his, stating a friend had given them to him. A screwdriver was also found, which was described by the school police investigator as a burglary tool. The jewelry was impounded and given to the police, but no evidence ever surfaced to indicate that the jewelry was stolen. Martin’s third suspension involved a marijuana pipe, and an empty bag containing marijuana residue. Martin was not charged with any crime related to these incidents and did not have a juvenile record. Judge Nelson ruled that the defense may have access to Martin’s records, including the details of these suspensions, as well as access to Martin’s social media sites, but ruled they will not be admissible as evidence during the trial unless they can be shown to be relevant.
Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump said the parents had never heard about the bag of jewelry and that it was completely irrelevant to what happened on February 26. Martin’s parents and their attorneys also said the defense’s request for school records and social media was a “fishing expedition” aimed at attacking their son and an attempt to assassinate his character.
[SOURCE: Wikipedia FULL ENTRY HERE]
Edited to add photo from Trayvon’s phone. In addition to this picture which appears to be in Trayvon’s hand, there is at least one other of the gun and a full clip laid out on a counter. There were also pictures of pot plants of and of Travon smoking something.
I am including this picture to support my theory on why O’Mara keeps focusing on fingernail (non) evidence and the length (or lack thereof) of his fingernails. I believe he is trying to get this picture into evidence. Note how short Trayvon’s nails are…