George Zimmerman Might Have Incriminated Himself

Murder suspect George Zimmerman looks on during a bond hearing in Sanford, Florida, in this still image taken from video April 20, 2012.
Photo: Pool/Reuters

Both sides in the forthcoming second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman are moving to temporarily suppress statements he made to police after the shooting of Trayvon Martin, some of which may be problematic for his defense. “Defendant has provided law enforcement with numerous statements, some of which are contradictory, and are inconsistent with the physical evidence and statements of witnesses,” the prosecution said in a filing yesterday, alleging that Zimmerman’s account “in conjunction with other statements and evidence help to establish defendant’s guilt in this case.” 

There are no details about what exactly Zimmerman said, Reuters reports, but in a separate motion, the defense agreed that the statements should stay private, at least until trial: “The release of that information would be highly prejudicial to Mr. Zimmerman’s case, and again, would adversely affect the proper administration of justice.” While the public details of this case already feel overwhelming —with more coming to light all the time —it’s a long way from over.