SANFORD, Fla. — Evidence supports George Zimmerman’s claim that Trayvon Martin was on top of him when Zimmerman fired the shot that claimed Trayvon’s life, a forensic pathologist testified Tuesday at Zimmerman’s murder trial.
“The medical evidence is consistent with Mr. Zimmerman’s statement,” said Vincent Di Maio, an expert witness for the defense. The pathologist also found that Trayvon lived no more than three minutes after the shooting and probably was conscious for at least 10 to15 seconds.
Di Maio also testified that Zimmerman’s head injuries could have been caused by coming into contact with concrete and that such injuries can be very dangerous. That testimony supported Zimmerman’s claim that Trayvon was slamming his head into a sidewalk.
Di Maio said Zimmerman had at least six injuries from struggle: two head lacerations, two wounds to his temples and wounds on his nose and forehead. Those injuries were consistent with having his head banged into a sidewalk, Di Maio said.
He added that Zimmerman was likely “stunned” by the injuries that others might say could cause mild concussions.