Friday, Sept. 21, 8:50 a.m. EDT: George Zimmerman’s friend’s book: A very different account of Trayvon’s death: According to the book authored by George Zimmerman’s friend Mark Osterman, Trayvon Martin grabbed his killer’s gun and uttered a profanity-laced threat just before Zimmerman clutched Trayvon’s wrist, broke his grip on the semiautomatic firearm and shot him once in the chest, the Miami Herald reports. The inconsistency: Zimmerman never said that to the police, and testing has shown none of the teen’s DNA on the gun.
Thursday, Sept. 20, 11:52 am EDT: Prosecutors: Keep Trayvon’s school records secret: Prosecutors in George Zimmerman’s second-degree-murder case say that defense attorney Mark O’Mara is trying to “chum the waters” by digging up Trayvon Martin’s school disciplinary records, the Orlando Sentinel reports. In a new pleading, they ask the judge to seal whatever those records show.
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 11:42 a.m. EDT: Prosecutors release additional discovery records: Prosecutors released more discovery records in the Trayvon Martin shooting case today, including forensic tests showing that George Zimmerman’s DNA was the only one that could be identified on the grip of the gun used in the shooting, NBCDFW.com reports. The records, which were released by the State Attorney’s Office for the 4th Judicial Circuit, included the tests, which ruled out Trayvon’s DNA from being on the gun’s grip.
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 11:06 a.m. EDT: Zimmerman’s best friend talks to Fox about why he helped him: As he prepares to release his book about George Zimmerman, Mark Osterman speaks out about why he decided to invite his friend to his home the day after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s death, and how he felt about being the one to pick up the fatal weapon. Watch the video at Fox News.
Monday, Sept. 17, 11:07 a.m. EDT: Trayvon’s family finds support at a Dallas mega-church: While in north Texas to attend a benefit for the Justice for Trayvon Martin Foundation, Trayvon Martin’s parents and his brother attended services at the Potters House Sunday, where Bishop T.D. Jakes told them there really is no such thing as “closure,” WFAA reports.
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