As the George Zimmerman trial gets underway, media pundits are reanalyzing the details of the Trayvon Martin case to predict if Zimmerman’s self-defense story will hold up in court.
One Fox News contributor, however, took a hypothetical argument a little too far after suggesting that Martin could have killed Zimmerman with a bottle of iced tea.
Martin, a 17-year-old black teen, was killed last February in Florida after Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, believed him to be acting suspiciously while walking through a neighborhood at night with his hood up. The case has since been scrutinized because of the underlying racism involved in the crime, and also because Zimmerman claims he acted in self-defense despite the fact that Martin was unarmed — except for a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea found in his backpack.
During Fox’s online streaming coverage of the trial on Monday, host Jamie Colby interviewed a former federal prosecutor, Doug Burns. In the interview, Burns explained the iced tea and Skittles could have hypothetically been used as weapons.
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“I know everybody keeps sarcastically saying about the Skittles. You could probably kill somebody with a Skittle,” Burns joked, but then continued on a more serious note, “The thing is, yeah, you’re spinning a lot of hypotheticals, and you could break a bottle of iced tea, right, with the jagged edge, and you could kill somebody with it.”
Among the many problems with Burns’ argument is the fact that Martin had on him an iced tea can, not a glass bottle.