Witness #2 in the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman case, has been highlighted in the media recently (along with a few other witnesses) as having recently changed her story–or at least that seems to be the interpretation of a lot of people after reading the coverage.
Before we get to how the details of her eyewitness account differ from law enforcement interview to interview, let’s establish a few facts. The first thing you need to know is that she was interviewed on three different dates: March 1st and March 9th by Investigator Chris Serino of the Sanford Police Department, and on March 20th by Investigator John Batchelor of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. There are a total of four audio files for her interviews, because there are two recordings by Chris Serino on March 1, 2012.
In terms of her actual testimony, here’s a quick summary of the contradictions:
She told authorities that she had taken out her contact lenses just before the incident. In her first recorded interview with Sanford police four days after the shooting, she told lead Investigator Chris Serino, “I saw two guys running. Couldn’t tell you who was in front, who was behind.”
She stepped away from her window, and when she looked again, she “saw a fistfight. Just fists. I don’t know who was hitting who.” […]
That all changed when she was re-interviewed March 20 by a state agent. That time, she recalled catching a glimpse of just one running figure, she told investigator John Batchelor, and she heard the person more than saw him.
“I couldn’t tell you if it was a man, a woman, a kid, black or white. I couldn’t tell you because it was dark and because I didn’t have my contacts on or glasses…. I just know I saw a person out there.”
Source: LA Times
One of the interesting things about her testimony is that she seemed so certain of her original statements in her first interview with Investigator Serino on March 1st. If you’re wondering why she wasn’t interviewed until March 1st, the interview of her sister (Witness #1) seems to clue us in. She decided to come forward and tell what she observed the night Trayvon Martin was shot after attending the community meeting where the shooting was discussed. It’s possible that her sister did the same, accounting for why the interview wasn’t conducted sooner.
Where To Find Additional Case Files
We are excited to announce that Axiom Amnesia has launched a new site, dedicated solely to housing and organizing all of the files associated with the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case. It’s still a work in progress, but we decided to launch it now, because we’ve received multiple inquiries by people wanting to research this case on their own–and decide for themselves what really went on the night of February 26, 2012.
- Home Page
- Witness Interviews – These are the actual uncut, full-length, witness interviews in audio format that were distributed to the media.
- Fire Department Interviews
- Documents (Police Reports, Phone Records, Discovery Documents)
- Evidence Photos
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