Trayvon Martin autopsy results show teen had injuries to his knuckles

In what could end up being a huge victory for George Zimmerman‘s defense team, autopsy results confirm that Trayvon Martin had injuries to his knuckles when he died.

Zimmerman, 28, has long stuck to his claim of self-defense in the shooting of 17-year-old Martin, telling police that he only shot the teen after Martin approached and attacked him, punching Zimmerman in the face and repeatedly slamming his head into the sidewalk.

“It goes along with Zimmerman’s story that he acted in self-defense, because he was getting beaten up by Trayvon Martin,” said WFTV (Florida) legal analyst Bill Shaeffer.

Though potentially damning, Shaeffer says that the finding could also be consistent with wounds Martin may have acquired while “trying to get away or defend himself.”

The autopsy findings come on the heels of physician reports that Zimmerman had wounds to the back of head, two black eyes and a broken nose the day after the confrontation with Martin. The injuries reported by Zimmerman’s physician were not visible in surveillance video of Zimmerman taken at Sanford police headquarters the night of the confrontation.

Zimmerman shot Martin on Feb. 26th after calling 911 to report a suspicious person walking through the gated community in which he lived. Martin was unarmed and returning to the home of his father’s friend, who also lived in the community, after making a trip to the local convenience store.

The police did not arrest Zimmerman until nearly two months later, sparking widespread outrage and calls for action. Zimmerman was eventually charged with second-degree murder and has since been released on $150,000 bail.

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