Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman “profiled” 17-year-old shooting victim Trayvon Martin and disregarded a police dispatcher’s request that he wait for the arrival of police on the night he killed Martin, according to an affidavit of probable cause in the high-profile case.
The affidavit was prepared by investigators for the state attorney, who charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder on Wednesday, reports CNN.
“Martin then walked back to and entered the gated community and was on his way back to the townhouse where he was living when he was profiled by George Zimmerman,” the affidavit reads. “Martin was unarmed and was not committing a crime.”
The affidavit goes on to say that Zimmerman, who lived in the same Sanford, Florida community, was in his vehicle when he saw Martin “and assumed Martin was a criminal. Zimmerman felt Martin did not belong in the gated community and called the police. Zimmerman spoke to the dispatcher and asked for an officer to respond because Zimmerman perceived that Martin was acting suspicious. The police dispatcher informed Zimmerman that an officer was on the way and to wait for the officer.
“During the recorded call Zimmerman made reference to people he felt had committed and gotten away with break-ins in his neighborhood. Later while talking about Martin, Zimmerman stated ‘these a**holes, they always get away,” and also said ‘these f****** punks.’ ”
As the incident was unfolding, Martin was on the phone with a friend, the affidavit says. “The witness advised that Martin was scared because he was being followed through the complex by an unknown male and didn’t know why. Martin attempted to run home but was followed by Zimmerman who didn’t want the person he falsely assumed was going to commit a crime to get away before the police arrived. Zimmerman got out of his vehicle and followed Martin. When the police dispatcher realized Zimmerman was pursuing Martin, he instructed Zimmerman not to do that and that the responding officer would meet him. Zimmerman disregarded the police dispatcher and continued to follow Martin who was trying to return to his home.”
The affidavit says that an autopsy determined that Martin died of a gunshot wound to the chest.
A second-degree murder charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Zimmerman’s lawyer Mark O’Mara has made a request for bail to be set for his client. A bond hearing has been tentatively scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on April 20.
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