Trayvon Martin walked into a Sanford, Fla., 7-Eleven on Feb. 26, bought a bag of Skittles and an Arizona iced tea, and before he was able to return to his father’s fiancĂ©e’s home, he was killed, reports The Huff Post, according to a new video.
The surveillance video from the convenience store that evening is among the evidence prosecutors released Thursday.
Prosecutors also released new documents and evidence collected by police on February 26, the night Martin was allegedly shot to death by 28-year-oldÂ George Zimmerman.
Just moments after leaving the store,Â Martin encountered George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, who called a 911 dispatcher to report “a real suspicious guy.”
When Zimmerman told the dispatcher he was going to follow the suspicious person, he was told, “We don’t need you to do that,” but did so nonetheless.
Zimmerman maintains he shot Martin during a struggle, according to ABC.Â Witnesses also claim there was a fight. One witnesses appear to back up Zimmerman’s account of what happened, describing a man on his back with another person straddling him and throwing punches.
The newly released evidence also includes photos after the incident that depict Zimmerman had cuts on his face, a gash at the back of his head, and other wounds, supporting his contention that heÂ acted in self defense.
Zimmerman says he shot Martin in self-defense with a 9mm semi-automatic handgun.Â An image of the gun was also released.
One of the investigators even thought Zimmerman should be charged with manslaughter.
A 15-minute interview with a former co-worker of Zimmerman’s who claimsÂ Zimmerman bullied him at work was also released from the prosecutor’s office.
A police officer called the shooting “avoidable” had Zimmerman “remained in his vehicle and awaited the arrival of law enforcement,” according to the newly released documents.
“He made a decision to get out of his car in the rain, profile, pursue and confront Trayvon Martin and ultimately kill an unarmed teenager,” Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump said.
George Zimmerman was not initially charged with a crime. But bmid the controversy that followed the shooting, special prosecutor Angela Corey announced on April 11 that he would face a second-degree murder charge.
A trial schedule has not yet been announced.
There is a controversy about whose voice is heard yelling for help on the 911 recordings.
The investigator in the case describes reviewing the 911 calls that night, saying he could clearly hear “a male’s voice yelling either ‘help’ or ‘help me’ 14 times in an approximately 38-second time span. This voice was determined to be that of George Zimmerman.”
But according to one of the reports, after listening to the calls, Martin’s father told an investigator the voice was not his son’s. However, Martin family’s attorney says after hearing a clearer version of the recordings, Mr. Martin recognized his son’s voice calling for help.