Forensic Expert Testifies: ‘Medical Evidence Is Consistent’ With Zimmerman Being Attacked

In a long and detailed testimony Tuesday morning, defense witness and forensic pathologist Dr. Vincent di Maio testified that forensic evidence was consistent with George Zimmerman’s version of events that resulted in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Di Maio spoke on a wide range of evidentiary questions, but the key moments came in his support of Zimmerman’s claim that Trayvon Martin had attacked him, and was straddling him at the moment Zimmerman fired.

“Your work, essentially, your task, was to determine whether the medical evidence was consistent with what Mr. Zimmerman said happened,” the defense said.

“The medical evidence—the gunshot wound, the tattooing—is consistent with his opinion, with his statement as to that,” di Maio said, arguing that the evidence suggested Martin was leaning over Zimmerman when the defendant shot him:

“The most important point is the nature of the defect in the clothing and the powder tattooing. That is, if you lean over somebody, you would notice that the clothing tends to fall away from the chest. If, instead, you’re lying on your back and somebody shoots you, the clothing is going to be against your chest. So the fact that we know the clothing was two to four inches away is consistent with somebody leaning over the person doing the shooting and that the clothing is two to four inches away from the person firing.”

Di Maio also testified on the variety of knicks and lacerations on Zimmerman’s head, though he often complained that the quality of the photographs in evidence made distinguishing the marks difficult. Most important among these were “punctate abrasions,” which he explained were “little reddish markings, and that indicate that there was impact with a surface that was not really smooth.”

“Would concrete of the nature that was used in your everyday sidewalk have that kind of surface?” the defense asked, hoping to prove that Martin had banged Zimmerman’s head into the sidewalk as part of an attack on the defendant.

“Yes,” Di Maio said.

“Is this injury consistent with Mr. Zimmerman’s head having impacted a sidewalk?”


The testimony, taken if full, would seem to support the defense’s case that Martin was attacking Zimmerman at the time of the gunshot that killed him.

Watch the testimony below, via CNN:

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