It has been revealed that George Zimmerman went to a clinic the morning after he killed Trayvon Martin with a broken nose, two black eyes and two significant cuts to the back of his head. However, despite the injuries the physician's assistant who saw to Zimmerman determined that his injuries did not warrant any x-rays, and neither did he have any head trauma.
The details of Zimmerman's injuries have been revealed by newly released medical records, and provide further insight into what may have happened the day Zimmerman killed Martin. In the medical notes it has been revealed that Zimmerman refused to be referred to an ear, nose and throat specialist, despite the physician's assistant recommending it.
The notes show that two cuts to the back of Zimmerman's head were 2 centimeters and one-and-a-half centimeters long, and both did not require any stitches. The records show his head was "normocephalic and atraumatic," which means normal without significant injuries.
Zimmerman's nose was fractured according to Lindzee E. Folgate, the physician's assistant who attended to the him. Folgate wrote: "We discussed that it is likely broken, but does not appear to have septal deviation. The swelling and black eyes are typical of this injury. I recommended that he be evaluated by ENT but he refused."
A psychologist was also recommended for Zimmerman by the physician's assistant, due to the traumatic events he had just been through.
Zimmerman's defense attorney is attempting to use the evidence to show that his client received repeated blows from Martin, and was therefore was in reasonable fear for his own life when he killed him. On Tuesday defense attorney Mark O'Mara posted some of the evidence he had used in court last week at Zimmerman's bail hearing; the evidence included statements and recordings of witnesses who saw the fight and how Zimmerman was allegedly being beaten. Zimmerman's interviews with police officers in the aftermath, as well as his medical records were all also used to portray the defense's arguments. It is believed Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester could rule on Zimmerman's bail as early as Thursday.
Defense attorney O'Mara wrote on his website on Tuesday, "At the June 29 bond hearing, the defense submitted a number of exhibits into evidence in an effort to demonstrate the weaknesses of the state's case against George Zimmerman and illustrate the strength of Mr. Zimmerman's claim of self defense."
However, prosecutors are arguing that Zimmerman's injuries were not severe enough to suggest he would have feared for his life; they believe Zimmerman only sought medical attention the morning after the killing so he could obtain a doctor's note to return to work with.
Zimmerman has been charged of second degree murder, which could see him given a possible life sentence if convicted.