March 24, 2012

NEW WITNESS IN THE TRAYVON MARTIN CASE: 17-year-old was ‘beating up’ gunman, according to anonymous witness.

Related item here. Well, as I said, stay tuned.

UPDATE: More comments from Tom Maguire. “Yesterday I noted Obama’s remarks and offered that our President was not speaking stupidly. Upon booth review, I beg to differ. . . . No apparent evidence? Zimmerman had a cut on the back of his head, a bloody nose, and grass stains on his back. Some (presumaby disputed) witness accounts say that Trayvon Martin was on top and beating him. There may not be conclusive evidence, since we don’t know what precipitated the scuffle, and there may not be evidence that Trayvon Martin was doing something wrong when Zimmerman first called 911 to report suspicious behavior but to say there is ‘no apparent evidence’ that Zimmerman fired in self-defense is the quality of reporting we have come to expect from the Duke Lacrosse cheerleaders. All The News That Advances The Narrative.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Not so new: Reader Jeff Brown notes this report from Feb. 27:

Investigators with the Sanford Police Department are still trying to figure out exactly what happened during an altercation which resulted in a fatal shooting in the Twin Lakes area. The shooting happened just after 7 p.m. Sunday evening on Twin Trees Lane. A man who witnessed part of the altercation contacted authorities.

“The guy on the bottom, who had a red sweater on, was yelling to me, ‘Help! Help!’ and I told him to stop, and I was calling 911,” said the witness, who asked to be identified only by his first name, John.

John said he locked his patio door, ran upstairs and heard at least one gun shot.

“And then, when I got upstairs and looked down, the guy who was on the top beating up the other guy, was the one laying in the grass, and I believe he was dead at that point.”

So Trayvon Martin was on top of a guy he was beating, and then he got shot. I suppose this doesn’t entirely prove self-defense, but it should certainly count as “apparent evidence” — evidence that was apparent long before the media and Al Sharpton (but I repeat myself) began packaging the narrative here.