In newly released documents, police say George Zimmerman’s behavior the night Trayvon Martin was fatally shot was not consistent with someone who was afraid.
The documents written by Sanford Police investigators also state: "Investigative findings show the physical injuries displayed by George Michael Zimmerman are marginally consistent with a life-threatening violent episode as described by him."
One of the documents is a report from an officer who submitted Zimmerman’s voice to a computerized stress analysis to help assess whether he was telling the truth.
"Mr. Zimmerman was subjected to two exams and was found to be classified as No Deception Indicated," the report said. Voice stress analysis may not be admissible as evidence in court and is not considered as reliable as a polygraph.
Also released Tuesday was a request for an unredacted capias, a document used to support an arrest warrant. The capias was written by Christopher Serino, the lead police investigator in the case.
"Investigative findings show that (Zimmerman) had at least two opportunities to speak with (Martin) in order to defuse the circumstances surrounding their encounter," Serino wrote. "On at least two occasions (Zimmerman) failed to identify himself as a concerned resident or a Neighborhood Watch volunteer."
This evidence in the Zimmerman case is being released slowly for two reasons. Florida is an open records state, and generally the evidence gathered by law enforcement is released to the public without restrictions. However, Judge Kenneth Lester has made an exception in this case, allowing attorneys from both sides to review evidence in the case and withhold information they see fit before releasing it.
If the media or the public objects to what information is being withheld, they can petition the court. A hearing can then be held to determine whether the evidence should be released.