Trayvon Martin: The Latest, Week 16

Thursday, June 21, 9:40 a.m. EDT: Video: Zimmerman reenacts shooting; says Martin threatened his life: The latest and most detailed account yet of what happened in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26 comes from a voice stress test that Zimmerman passed, along with a video re-enactment, a handwritten statement and audio interviews conducted in the days after the shooting by investigators, ABC News reports. “He took my head and slammed it against the concrete several times, and each time I thought my head was going to explode and I thought I was going to lose consciousness,” he told police the day after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin.

Wednesday, June 20 11:20 a.m EDT: Zimmerman’s bank records suggest concealment: George Zimmerman’s bank statements show that he and his wife actively sought to avoid government scrutiny of their financial assets as contributions poured into his legal defense fund, the Chicago Tribune reports. The bank records, from separate credit union accounts, reportedly show that the Zimmermans made dozens of transactions between April 11 and April 20 just under the $10,000 limit that triggers government scrutiny under federal anti-money-laundering laws. Some were overlapping, with George transferring a total of $74,000 to Shellie, and Shellie transferring more than $85,500 back to George. All were in amounts between $9,000 and $9,999.

Tuesday, June 19, 9:59 a.m. EDT: Jailhouse calls show the Zimmermans knew they’d raised $135,000 when pleading poverty: Back in April, George Zimmerman was released on $150,000 bond. At his bond hearing, his wife, Shellie, testified that she didn’t know how much money had been raised from a website created for his legal defense and that the couple had virtually no money to pay Zimmerman’s high bail. However, prosecutors say that jailhouse calls show George and Shellie Zimmerman knew that the site had raised roughly $135,000, CBS reports.

Monday, June 18, 6:15 p.m. EDT: Zimmerman jailhouse calls show that he told his wife to get a bulletproof vest: “As uncomfortable as it is, I want you wearing one,” Zimmerman told his wife, Shellie, CBS News reports. The calls, released by prosecutors, also detail how Zimmerman instructed his wife to transfer money from bank accounts and could play a crucial role in his second bond hearing next week.

Monday, June 18, 10:48 a.m. EDT: Polls show shift in public opinion about Zimmerman: In late March, 33 percent of the country believed that George Zimmerman was guilty of Trayvon Martin’s murder, according to a poll by Rasmussen Reports. The same poll showed that fewer than half that number — 15 percent — believed that Zimmerman had acted in self-defense. Two months later, however, those numbers look different, the Florida Times-Union reports. In a May 19-20 Rasmussen poll, 40 percent said they believed Zimmerman had acted in self-defense vs. 24 percent who called him a murderer.

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