Trayvon Martin left enough evidence in the official autopsy to show that a knuckle injury could be used in court. It showed that Martin sustained an injury to his left finger prior to being shot by George Zimmerman.
According to Bill Sheaffer, a legal analyst for the WFTV, this could strengthen Zimmerman’s claim that “he was getting beaten up” by the teen and had to shoot Martin in order to protect himself.
“It goes along with Zimmerman’s story that he acted in self-defense because he was getting beaten up by Trayvon Martin,” Sheaffer said.
However, Sheaffer also stated that the injury to Martin’s knuckle may have been caused by Trayvon attempting to fight off Zimmerman.
“It could be consistent with Trayvon either trying to get away or defend himself,” Sheaffer said.
Reportedly, during the struggle, Zimmerman received numerous injuries to his neck and face. Medical reports from Feb. 27, which were released on Tuesday, show that he received therapeutic attention for two black eyes, a closed fracture of his nose, two lacerations to the back of his head and a minor back injury.
In addition, the reports stated that Zimmerman was prescribed Adderall and Temazepam prior to shooting Martin. “These prescriptions are known to cause agitation and mood swings in less than 10 percent of patients,” reports the Miami Herald.