Tests on the gun used to kill Trayvon Martin show traces of George Zimmerman’s DNA but none that matches the teen, according to evidence released today by Florida prosecutors handling the case.
The office of State Attorney Angela Corey released that report, along with previously reported witness statements, hundreds of photos of the gated community where the shooting occurred and a 911 call made by Trayvon’s father the day after the teen’s death. The items included an interview of the 7-Eleven clerk who saw Trayvon the moments before his death.
Authorities conducted DNA tests on the slide, trigger, grip and holster of the automatic pistol Zimmerman used to kill the 17-year-old unarmed teenager in February in Sanford, Fla.
The tests by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement excluded Trayvon as a possible contributor for DNA found on the gun’s grip but were unable to determine whether his DNA was on the other parts of the weapon.
DNA on the slide showed the presence of one male individual, but it could not be matched to anyone. DNA belonging to Zimmerman was also found on the gun holster, but Martin’s could not be matched.
“There’s certainly nothing new that proves the elements of the crime,” said Randy Reep, a criminal defense attorney in Jacksonville. “We frequently see gun crimes with no DNA with people who didn’t have on a glove. It’s not a great surface for DNA, that’s been my experience.”
Whether Trayvon actually had his hand on the gun may not matter, Reep said. The crux of the case rests on whether Zimmerman can convince a jury that Trayvon was reaching for the gun, he said.
Zimmerman, 28, a Neighborhood Watch volunteer, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting Feb. 26. He told police he shot the teen in self-defense after Trayvon repeatedly knocked his head to the ground and reached for the gun Zimmerman wore in a holster. He has pleaded not guilty.
Trayvon’s family said Zimmerman racially profiled the unarmed Black teen and confronted him as he walked home from a convenience store.
A 911 call made by Trayvon’s father, Tracy, the morning after the shooting lasts three minutes.
Martin’s voice is low and sober as he tells the dispatcher that he last saw his son around 8:30 p.m. the night before.
“I need to file a missing person’s report,” he says. “It hasn’t really been 24 hours, but I’m from Miami, and my son’s up here with me, and he left. I’m in Sanford, and he doesn’t know anybody up here.”
Tracy Martin tells the dispatcher that he is staying at his girlfriend’s house, spells Trayvon’s name, then describes what his son might be wearing.
“He probably had on a pair of khaki shorts and a gray sweatshirt … and a pair of Jordan tennis shoes, white and red tennis shoes,” Martin says.
The father then gives the dispatcher a number where authorities can contact him. The operator tells him someone will be coming out to him.
The call ends without any mention of the shooting the night before.
In a second call released today, an official from the Sanford Police Department calls Tracy Martin back to clarify details about his son. The caller asks Martin to spell his son’s name again and give his date of birth and asks for the teen’s race.
The caller asks Martin if Trayvon knows anyone in the neighborhood. She says police officers are en route to Martin, then calls back to ask for details “in case while they are on their way they might spot him.”
The 7-Eleven clerk who sold Trayvon candy and iced tea the teen was carrying home when he was shot told police he did not remember much from that night.
In a recorded interview, an officer asks the employee, “Did you have any idea that you were the 7-Eleven clerk who sold him the famous Skittles?”
“Nah,” the young man responds. “My boss called me the other day and told me. I had no idea.”
The clerk did not recognize a photo of Trayvon officers showed him and said he did not remember seeing the teen or anyone in a sweatshirt that night because so many customers come through the store. George Zimmerman and his family had repeatedly claimed that Trayvon Martin was holding on to his gun when he shot him.