Trayvon Had Traces of Pot in System

Encounter 'avoidable' had Zimmerman stayed put: Cops
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2012 5:33 PM CDT
Trayvon Martin Had Traces of Pot in System
George Zimmerman speaks in a Seminole County courtroom on April 20.   (Getty Images)

Get ready for a deluge of information in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case, as prosecutors today released a cache of related documents. Some early samples:

  • Pro-Zimmerman: His lawyers surely hope lots of attention will be paid to the fact that Trayvon apparently smoked pot at some point before the altercation. (It's not clear when or how much.) The autopsy found traces of the drug THC in his system, the active ingredient in marijuana, reports CNN. Also, ABC News notes that two witness accounts given to police "appear to back up Zimmerman's version" of events.
  • Pro-Trayvon: Prosecutors will no doubt point to the police conclusion that the shooting was "ultimately avoidable," had Zimmerman "remained in his vehicle and awaited the arrival of law enforcement." The Orlando Sentinel leads its story with it.

  • Zimmerman photo: The documents include a grainy copy of a photo police took of Zimmerman after the shooting in which he appears to have a bloody nose, notes AP. See the photo here.
  • Trayvon's belongings: He had $40.15 on him, along with a packet of Skittles, a red lighter, headphones, and a photo pin in his pocket.
  • See for yourself: MSNBC has the documents here in PDF form, and the Sentinel has crime-scene photos here.
  • Click to read about a damning assessment of the Sanford police by the New York Times here.
(More Trayvon Martin stories.)

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