Jury hears Geroge Zimmerman's firsthand account of the night he shot Trayvon Martin

7:03 PM, Jul 1, 2013   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +

Video: Zimmerman's tapes from night of shooting played in court


Related Links
  • Trayvon Martin Timeline
  • Trayvon Martin's death gains national attention
  • Who is George Zimmerman?
  • PHOTOS: Trayvon Martin Social Media pictures
  • George Zimmerman charged with murder
  • George Zimmerman jailhouse calls
  • Sanford police chief fired
  • Evidence in Trayvon Martin death released
  • Officer: Trayvon Martin target a 'no-shoot training aid'
  • PHOTOS: Judge limits texts, pictures in trial
  • Trayvon Martin family calls for justice, fair & impartial trial
  • Brother: George Zimmerman is sensitive, likable
  • George Zimmerman case timeline of events
  • Expert: Zimmerman case not as popular as Casey Anthony's
  • All-women jury chosen
  • Opening Statements: State drops f-bomb, defense tells joke
  • Zimmerman jury sees Trayvon Martin's body
  • Officer recounts attempt to save Trayvon Martin
  • Trayvon Martin's friend describes George Zimmerman as "creepy-a** cracker"
  • Friend: Trayvon Martin encounter racially charged
  • State's star witness admits to another lie
  • Lead detective takes stand
  • Jury hears Zimmerman's firsthand account of shooting
  • Zimmerman attorney's daughter posts controversial photo
  • Prosecutor, police officer at odds in Zimmerman trial
  • Prosecution: Zimmerman legal team not treating witnesses with respect
  • Medical examiner: Zimmerman's injuries were 'insignificant'
  • Skype users bombard Zimmerman witness with calls
  • Expert: No Trayvon Martin DNA on gun grip
  • Trayvon Martin's mother, brother testify
  • Both Zimmerman and Martin mothers on the stand
  • Trayvon Martin's dad contradicts investigator's testimony
  • Gunshot wound expert: Martin was on top of Zimmerman
  • Zimmerman declines to testify in trial
  • Zimmerman judge allows manslaughter charge
  • Judge Nelson moments from the Zimmerman trial
  • State: Zimmerman profiled Martin as a criminal
  • Prosecution makes its final case in Zimmerman trial
  • Verdict: NOT GUILTY
  • Reaction to Zimmerman verdict
  • Defense 'ecstatic' with the results
  • Trayvon's Dad: My heart is broken, my faith is not
  • Sanford, FL -- George Zimmerman didn't take the stand Monday, but jurors hearing the neighborhood watch volunteer's murder case still got to hear from the 29-year-old as the state played multiple interviews Zimmerman did with police after he shot Trayvon Martin.

    During one interview conducted the night of the shooting, Zimmerman explained he thought Martin looked suspicious, in part because the teen was "leisurely" walking in the rain.

    After calling a non-emergency police phone number to report the boy, Zimmerman says Martin made eye contact with him.

    "Then all of a sudden I see him circling my car and then he goes back into the darkness," Zimmerman tells the Sanford Police investigator.

    Zimmerman says he eventually got out of his car to look for a street sign to give police a better location and to see where Martin went. He says that's when Martin appeared again and sucker punched him.

    "He jumped out from the bushes and said; 'What the (expletive) you're problem homie?' And I got my cell phone to call 911 this time and I said, 'Hey man, I don't have a problem', and he says, 'No, now you have a problem' and he punched me in the nose."

    Zimmerman says he then fell down and Martin continued punching him to the point where he had trouble breathing. He says Martin was pounding the back of his head on the sidewalk. Eventually, Zimmerman says, he was able to slide off the concrete and onto the grass where the confrontation turned deadly.

    "When I slid my jacket and my shirt came up and when he said, 'You're gonna die tonight', I felt his hand go down on my side and I thought he was going for my firearm, so I grabbed it immediately and as he banged my head again, I pulled out my firearm and shot him."

    Jurors on Monday also watched a re-enactment video Zimmerman made with police the day after the deadly shooting.

    Earlier in the day, an FBI audio expert testified it's scientifically impossible to tell who is screaming in the background of neighbors' 911 calls. Dr. Hirotaka Nakasone testified there is not enough audio where no other voices are overlapping the screams to make a determination.  

    Monday marked the sixth day of testimony in Zimmerman's second degree murder trial. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.

    Follow 10 News Reporter Preston Rudie on twitter @PrestonRudie

    Most Watched Videos