Prosecutors Mistakenly Release Photo of Trayvon After Shooting

Trayvon Martin's parents say the prosecutors' error amounted to “an unfortunate mistake.”  

Posted: 08/13/2012 07:18 AM EDT
Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin

Prosecutors in the Trayvon Martin case have mistakenly released a number of items that were not to be disclosed, including a photo of the teenage Martin after he had been shot and college transcripts of the killer, George Zimmerman.


The released material also included a photograph of Zimmerman with head wounds following the shooting of Martin, a 17-year-old high school student who was killed by Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. The material was released inadvertently to the media. 


The most chilling item was a grainy photograph of the dead Trayvon Martin laying face down the ground of the gated community in Sanford, Florida, where he had been walking, unarmed. 


In a statement, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the teenager’s parents, said that the release of the material by prosecutors was “an unfortunate mistake.” The statement continued, “We would hope and appreciate the media refraining from reproducing or publishing the photograph. We are still very sensitive and emotional over the loss of our child.”


The material also included Zimmerman’s transcript from his days as student at Seminole State College, depicting him as a mediocre student.


After distributing the picture, an aide to prosecutor Angela Corey sent an email to reporters explaining that a “photo depicting the killing of a person” was “confidential and exempt” under Florida law.


Zimmerman, who has been charged with second-degree murder, contends that he acted in self-defense. His lawyers said they are seeking a hearing to formally request that their client invoke Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law, which allows people to use deadly force if they feel threatened.


Martin’s parents and their lawyer have contended that the teenager was racially profiled. Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is Peruvian.



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