George Zimmerman’s defense suffered a huge hit this week.
Rene Stutzman of the Orlando Sentinel reported that two forensic pathologists who reviewed Trayvon Martin’s autopsy report, Dr William L. Manion from Mt. Holly, NJ and Dr. William Anderson, the former Medical Examiner for Orange and Osceola counties, told her that Trayvon Martin would have survived “for several minutes” after George Zimmerman shot him in the heart.
“You’re talking about minutes, at least, for him to survive,” said Dr. William Anderson . . . “I think he would have been conscious … for a little time, anyway.”
The two doctors agreed that Trayvon remained conscious for a time. Anderson suggested the teenager may have been conscious for several minutes. Manion estimated it at just 20 to 30 seconds.
“He certainly would have experienced pain,” Manion said.
Our very own Patricia contacted Ms. Stutzman after her article appeared in the Orlando Sentinel on Friday, August 17th and asked her to follow-up regarding how long Trayvon Martin might have been conscious.
Ms. Stutzman responded yesterday with this email:
I followed up today with Dr. William Anderson, one of the pathologists quoted in the story.
He says that a penetrating gunshot wound to the chest, such as Trayvon suffered, results in the gradual deflation of the lungs. They do not, he said, collapse like a balloon that’s been popped.
Trayvon could have spoken after the shooting for a few seconds or a bit longer, he said.
So now we know that Trayvon Martin probably survived for awhile after the mortal gunshot wound to his heart. He may have been conscious for 20-30 seconds (Anderson) or for several minutes (Manion) and would have experienced pain while conscious (Manion). He also could have spoken for a few seconds or a bit longer (Anderson).
Thanks to Patricia’s persistent questioning and Rene Stutzman’s reporting, we now have solid evidence that George Zimmerman “evinced a depraved mind.”
Murder Second Degree is defined as:
The unlawful killing of a human being, when perpetrated by any act imminently dangerous to another and evincing a depraved mind regardless of human life, although without any premeditated design to effect the death of any particular individual, is murder in the second degree and constitutes a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life or as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
Conduct “evincing a depraved mind” is conduct that shows no regard for human life.
Before I read Ms. Stutzman’s article and her follow-up email, I believed there was considerable evidence that will prove beyond a reasonable doubt that George Zimmerman did not reasonably believe he was in imminent danger of suffering death or grievous bodily harm when drew his gun, extended his arm, aimed and shot Trayvon Martin in the heart.
This additional evidence eliminates all doubt that Zimmerman might not have acted with a depraved mind.
Zimmerman told the police that he did not know if the shot he fired hit Martin and he subsequently claimed he did not know Martin had died until later that evening at the police station.
Nevertheless, he sat on Martin’s back after the shooting and one witness said he appeared to have his hands on Martin’s neck.
Sitting on Martin’s back would have restricted Martin’s airway and when W13 arrived, he specifically told him not to call 911.
When he did that he necessarily knew that a police officer was en route to the neighborhood to investigate a non-emergency situation with no specific address to go to in the neighborhood to conduct that investigation. He also necessarily knew that no ambulance was on the way to render medical assistance.
Yet he not only told the witness not to call 911, he told someone else to call his wife and tell her that he shot someone. He also told several witnesses he had already called 911 when, in fact, he knew that was false. Then he waited for the police.
In other words, he not only did absolutely nothing to apply CPR or summon emergency medical assistance, he intentionally attempted to delay its arrival for as long as possible and I believe there is only one reason why he did that. He did not want Trayvon Martin to survive.
If that isn’t acting with “absolutely no regard for TM’s life,” I don’t know what is.
Some people may argue that whatever Zimmerman did or failed to do after the shooting is not relevant, but that argument fails because Trayvon Martin was alive, conscious and feeling pain after the shooting.
Prompt medical intervention probably would not have saved Trayvon Martin’s life, but that is immaterial because George Zimmerman did not know that and his conduct attempting to delay the arrival of medical intervention that, for all he knew, might save Trayvon Martin’s life “evinced a depraved mind regardless of human life.”