State of Florida v. George Zimmerman - Affidavit of Probable Cause by LegalInsurrection

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                                                    ANGELA B. COREY
                                                     STATE: ATTORNEY

                                      STATE OF ELORIDA VS, GEORGE ZIMMERMAN


                  13efore me, personally appeared T.C. O'Steen and K.D. Gilbreath, who after
        le:;in:J rltily sworn; deposes and says:

                  Your afflante, Investigators T.C. O'Steen, and Dale Gilbreath are members of the
        SI<lti:l Atlorney Office- Fourth Judicial Circuit, appointed in this ci!ISe by State Attorney
        Arlgf)i:il C. Corey, who was assigned this case under Executive Order of the Governor

                  lnve:~tigator   O'Steen was previously employed by the Jacksonville Sh.::liffs
       Off'ic1~, l!lnd haa 35 years of law enforcement experience. including 20 years handling
       homi()\de investigations. lnveeti9ator Gilbreath was previously employsd by the
       ,Jf.loll:>,orwii!El Sheriffs Offica, and has 36 years of law enforcement experience, including
       24 ·yelre hs111dling homicide Investigations.

               Your Affiants, along with other taw enforcement officials have taken sworn
       st<ttements from witnesses, spoken with law enforcement officers who have provided
       swam testimony in reports, reviewed ather reports, recorded statements, pMne
       re~crds, recorded calls to police, photographs, videos, and other documents in det<:liling
       the following:

                  On Sunday 2/26/12, Trayvon Martin was temporarily llvfng at the Retreat at rwin
       U~k•ls,   a gated community in Sanford, Seminole County, Florida. That evening Martin
       walked to a nearby 7~ 11 store where he purchased a can of iced tea and a bag of
       skittl~~s. Martin then walked back to and entered the gated community and was on hi$
       way bll·~k to the townhouse where he was living when he was profiled by George
       Zimrr1erman. Martin was unarmed and was not committing a crime.

                   Zitlflmerman who also lived In the gatad community, and was cJrlvlng ~;is vehicle
       obsewved Martin and assumed Martin was a criminal. Zimmerman felt M!lrtin did not
       belong In the gated community and called the police. Zimmerman spoke to the
       disl.):''tcher and asked for an officer to respond because Zimmerman peroeived that
       Martin was acting suspicious. The ..eolice dispatcher informed Zirnrnei"J1'1an th:~t an
       Oll'i,;~,r ',112$ on the way and to wait for the officer.
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                       During the recorded oell Zimmerman madQ reference to people he felt had
         committed and gotten away with break-ins In his neighborhood. Later while talking               (
         '!!bout M:ilrtin, Zimmerman stated "thase assholes, they always get away• and also !laid
         'tl-).,.,~.,, h;~king punks".

               During this time, Martin was on the phone with a friend and described to her what
        was happE~ning. The witness advised that Martin was scared because he was being
         foliowed ti1rough the complex by an unknown male and didn't know why. Martin
         '"ttmnpted to run home but was followed by Zimmerman who didn't want the person he
        falsely <Jssumed was going to commit a crime to get away before the pollee arrived,
        Z.irnmmrnan got out of his vehicle and followed Martin. When the police dispatcher
        realized Zimmerman was pursuing Martin, he Instructed Zimmerman not to do that and
        that the responding officer would meet him. Zimmennan disregarded the police<lr at1d continued to follow Martin who was trying to return to his home.

                  Zimmerman confronted Martin and a struggle ensued. Witnesses heard people
        arg!.ilng rmd what sounded like a struggle. During this time period witnesses heard
        numerous calls for help and some of these were recorded in 911 calls to police. Trayvon
        Mr:11·tin's mother has reviewed the 911 calls and identified the voice crying for help as
        Trayvcn Martin's voice .

                  .7.:11'!11'fl<lrman shot Martin In the chest. When police arrived Zimmerman admitted
        shOS:iting Martin. Officers recovered a gun from a holster inside Zimmerman's
        WliliStt,;;md. A fired casing that was recovered ert the scene wae determined to have b.;r~n
        fired fl'om tl~e firearm.

               ,il..ssistant Medical Examiner Dr. Bao ()erformsd an autopsy and determinsd that
        Martin diM from the gunshot wound.

               Tho facts mentioned In this Affidavit are not a complete recitation of all the
        pe1tinem facts and evlctence in this case but only are pre~sented
                                                                       for a determination of
        Probable Cause for Second Degree Murder.
                                                 .               By:                 t.-_,

                                                                lnvestigator Dale Gilbr
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Sw1Jrr; to <Jnd sUb$oribed before me

T,Ai;; 11th day of Apr-il, 2012.

Notant Public, State of Florida at Large
i'o/ly Commission expires:

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