According to some of his neighbors, George Zimmerman had bandages on his nose and head the day after he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26th.
Zimmerman claims Martin jumped him, broke his nose and pounded his head into the ground inside a gated community in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman then claims that he shot Martin in the chest in self-defense under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law.
In a new report by Reuters, Zimmerman's next-door neighbor Jorge Rodriguez said that when he saw Zimmerman the day after the incident: "He had two big, butterfly bandages on the back of his head, and another big bandage...on the bridge of his nose, while he was talking to a police detective in his driveway."
Rodriguez's wife Audria also said she saw the bandages and a third neighbor, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said: "I saw two bandages on the back of his head, and his nose was all swollen-up."
The new accounts by Zimmerman's neighbors may give support to his claims that he acted in self-defense.
The initial police report said Zimmerman was bleeding from the nose and back of his head immediately after the shooting. His former lawyers claim he was treated by medics before being taken to Sanford police station.
However, other neighbors have said that Zimmerman had Martin pinned down on the ground the day of the shooting and offered the wounded teen no help as he lay bleeding to death following the gunshot.