Trayvon Martin Attorney Press Conference: Phone Logs Completely ‘Connect The Dots’
Following the news about Trayvon Martin‘s phone call with his friend moments before he was shot by George Zimmerman, the Martin family’s attorney, Benjamin Crump, held a press conference. Passionately speaking about Martin, Crump concluded that the phone logs and the girlfriend’s testimony completely “connect the dots” and blow “Zimmerman’s absurd self-defense claim out of the water.”
Crump said George Zimmerman’s claim that Martin was suspicious and up to no good “is completely contradicted by this phone log, showing all day he was just talking to his friends” — like so many teenagers do. Martin was talking to her when he went to the 7/11 and when he came back and “her testimony connects the dots, completely connects the dots of this whole thing,” Crump said.
He further added that the friend, whose parents insist on her anonymity, has been deeply traumatized by the incident: “This was her really, really close personal friend. They were dating […] She couldn’t even go to his wake. She was so sick, her mother had to take her to the hospital, she spent the night in the hospital.”
Before turning to details about the Feb. 26 incident, Crump noted that Martin’s family doesn’t trust the police department “with anything related to this case.”
He then pieced together what happened that day, based on the 911 call, phone logs and the girlfriend’s testimony: Martin was talking to his girlfriend as he was walking to the store, and phone logs show “without any doubt” that he was on the phone the entire way there and on the way back. He told her he wanted to make it home before it started raining. When it began raining, he ran to the first building he saw. Then he went back to walking, and back to talking to her. At that point, Martin told his girlfriend he thought a man was following her — and she told him to be careful and run home. The girl said she heard him catch up to Martin, and could tell an altercation occurred, before the call dropped.
The attorney contrasted this with Zimmerman’s claim that Martin was coming at him and seemed suspicious. Martin “had no idea who this man was who was following him,” Crump said.
The friend’s phone call “completely blows Zimmerman’s absurd self-defense claim out of the water.”
“A kid who is up to no good isn’t on the phone constantly calling his friends back. Somebody who’s looking to break in somewhere isn’t on the phone talking to his friend, when she’s in Miami,” Crump concluded.
Zimmerman wants you to believe he was on drugs and acting suspicious, he said, so “he can justify killing him in cold blood.”
Following these recent developments, Mediaite Founder and ABC News Legal Analyst Dan Abrams responded:
“After listening to Trayvon Martin presser and a grand jury being convened, I’ll be stunned if Zimmerman doesn’t get indicted.”
Watch the attorney’s remarks, via CNN:
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