Color photo shows George Zimmerman night of Trayvon Martin shooting

Published On: Dec 03 2012 05:58:19 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 03 2012 08:54:12 PM EST

The George Zimmerman defense team on Monday posted a high-resolution, color photo of the former neighborhood watch leader on its website, showing him with a swollen and bloodied nose the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin.

According to a post on the George Zimmerman Legal Case website, the picture was taken by a Sanford police officer on Feb. 26.

A black-and-white photocopy of the image was previously released by prosecutors. According to Zimmerman's website, the high-resolution digital file was given to the defense on Oct. 29.

Zimmerman's defense team, led by Mark O'Mara, said it will make all public documents related to the murder case available on its website.

Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Martin, who was shot in a gated community in Sanford.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, claiming the shooting was in self-defense.  He said Martin, who was not armed, was beating him up when he fired his gun.

Zimmerman's murder trial is scheduled to begin in June, although a so-called "stand your ground" hearing, based on Florida law that allows someone to shoot to kill if they feel their life is in danger, will be held earlier.


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