Trayvon Martin: The Latest, Week 5

Zimmerman's lawyer references "shaken baby syndrome."

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Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?

Zimmerman: He looks black.

Wednesday, April 4, 9 a.m. EDT: Too much coverage? More Republicans and whites say yes: A majority of Republicans say the media coverage of the Trayvon Martin slaying has been excessive, and 43 percent of whites say it’s gone overboard, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, the Los Angeles Times reports. The survey found that 56 percent of Republicans are fed up with the amount of coverage. By contrast, 25 percent of Democrats (and 33 percent of Democrats who identify themselves as white) surveyed say there has been too much coverage. Meanwhile, 16 percent of African Americans polled say they’ve had enough.

Tuesday, April 3, 9:50 a.m. EDT: Enhanced Zimmerman video shows possible head wound: ABC News reports that a newly enhanced version of surveillance video from the night Trayvon Martin was shot in Sanford more clearly shows a possible gash or injury on the back of shooter George Zimmerman’s head.

Monday, April 2, 12:30 p.m. EDT: Recordings reveal ambulance for Zimmerman was canceled: On a recording of a fire-rescue dispatch from the night Trayvon was killed, a rescue worker says, “You can cancel the second rescue,” adding that the second patient, Zimmerman, didn’t have a gunshot wound. A Martin family spokesperson says that the new information is just another reason Zimmerman should be arrested, WKMG Orlando reports.

Monday, April 2, 9:05 a.m. EDT: Clinton hopes case leads to reappraisal of “Stand your ground” laws: In an interview with ABC News, former President Bill Clinton called Trayvon Martin’s death an “incredible personal tragedy” but also a reason to re-examine the Florida legislation at the center of the case. “So I hope this will lead to a reappraisal of the ‘Stand your ground’ laws,” President Clinton said, “and I hope that the truth will come out and that the tragedy of this young man’s loss will not be in vain. It’s just terrible. Whatever the facts were — all these people trying to jump on him and talking about some mistake he made in his life — that’s irrelevant because unarmed person who was killed on the street by a gun. And so I hope justice will be done in this case, but I hope that the larger justice that would somehow redeem a portion of this terrible loss.”

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