Here is a link to the police reports. http://cnninsession.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/martinpolicreport.pdf
Of note, Martin’s body was between two houses. I view this key in Zimmerman’s case. Zimmerman stated he exited his vehicle to determine a street sign (perhaps house #). However, the location of Martin’s body puts this statement into great question in my view.
The location leads me to believe Martin was the one acting in self-defense against a pursuer. But I don’t truly have enough detail to make any judgment beyond “this needs to go to trial and be judiciously determined”. WEER’D postulates a series of events in which Martin is the attacker. This could be true as well, in which case Zimmerman would have acted in self-defense.
The crux of the issue is that enough questions in this case have arisen so that it is not a clear cut case of self-defense. My feeling is that self-defense should de facto unless there is a reasonable doubt. And in this case, I believe there is a reasonable doubt.
If Zimmerman is innocent, I hope he can prove so. But at the same time, I think he was negligent in his actions. And in so being, has created a mess for the rest of our community and left a young man dead.
UPDATE: Commentor on WEER’D WORLD links to article substantiating Zimmerman’s role as a neighborhood watch captain. This does aid Zimmerman’s case. And does show how much mis-information is out there regarding this case. We can make assumptions, but the only real judgment is that this needs a judicial review.