Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old high schooler who was killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in a shooting that has gripped and angered the nation, reportedly had marijuana in his system the night of his death Feb. 26.
According to information made public by prosecutors in the case and published by ABC News today, an autopsy reveals that Martin's body showed the presence of THC, which is an ingredient found in marijuana.
The piece of information is part of a trove of new evidence, videos and crime scene photos just released in Florida.
According to ABC News, the autopsy report "also shows that Zimmerman shot Martin from a distance of between 1 inch and 18 inches away, bolstering Zimmerman's claim that he shot Martin during a struggle that landed Zimmerman on his back, Martin straddling him and banging Zimmerman's head on the ground. Martin's autopsy report also revealed that there was a quarter-inch by half-inch abrasion on the left fourth finger of Martin, another indication of a possible struggle."
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Zimmerman, a 28 year old who considers himself Hispanic, shot the black high school student in the chest on Feb. 26. He immediately claimed self-defense -- although Martin was unarmed and possessed nothing more than Skittles and an iced tea. Martin, who lived in Miami, was was serving a suspension for marijuana being discovered in his possession.
At first, after an initial investigation, officials didn't charge Zimmerman with a crime. But following a national outcry over the incident and a further investigation, Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder.
The killing has sparked a national debate about race, guns and state-your-ground laws.
A photo released as part of the evidence:
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