Detailed forensics reports in the Trayvon Martin killing show the victims DNA wasnt on the gun that killed him and very little of it landed on the shooters clothes, according to evidence released Wednesday.
While the Miami Gardens teenagers supporters saw the states crime lab blood-work results as proof that an innocent teen was attacked, experts say the evidence wont produce any courtroom bombshells for either side.
Duval County State Attorney Angela Coreys office released a batch of Florida Department of Law Enforcement lab reports, emails, photos, drawings, recordings and witness statements Wednesday as part of its ongoing prosecution of George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder. Zimmerman claims he killed Trayvon in self defense.
Among the highlights from Wednesdays release:
Although the DNA of at least three people was found on the guns holster, only Zimmermans DNA was identified.
Trayvon was excluded from being one of the two people who left DNA on the guns grip.
Zimmermans DNA was not found under Trayvons fingernails, although a bit of his blood was located on the bottom part of the sweatshirt Trayvon wore under his hoodie.
Former Sanford police chief Bill Lee received an avalanche of nasty emails in the weeks after Trayvons death, with subject lines such as: Step down, you incompetent jerk and you are a racist.
Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Trayvons family, said the forensic evidence was an important boost for the prosecution.
I think its very significant that there doesnt seem to be anything from Trayvon on Zimmerman to suggest they had this altercation, and it seems there should be more of Zimmerman on Trayvon, Crump said. The evidence seems to suggest that it contradicts Zimmermans assertion that Trayvon was struggling for the gun. If Trayvon was grabbing Zimmerman, slamming his head on the ground, why isnt his DNA on his fingernails? His hair?
We dont have Trayvon here to ask him, so we have to rely on objective evidence.
Zimmerman told police that he killed the unarmed teen when, during a struggle, Trayvon reached for Zimmermans gun.
Photos showed Zimmerman suffered injuries to the back of his head, which was shaved very short.
The reports showed none of Zimmermans blood on Trayvons sleeves or cuffs.
Although most of the blood on Zimmermans jacket was his own, at least one stain was Trayvons.
The forensic experts noted that Trayvons clothes were damp and reeked of mold or ammonia.
Experts who reviewed the reports for The Miami Herald said its not unusual to find several peoples DNA on a firearm, particularly if the owner shared it at a gun range.
They also agreed that Trayvon wouldnt necessarily get DNA under his fingernails, even if he had punched Zimmerman.
What prosecutors want to prove is not going to be proven or supported by DNA findings, said Lawrence Kobilinsky, a forensics professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. I dont see anything that differentiates between Trayvon being the aggressor or vice versa.
He was, however, surprised there was not more of Trayvons blood on Zimmermans clothes, particularly if Trayvon was straddling Zimmerman when he was shot, as Zimmerman and witnesses described to police. Florida International University biologist Martin Tracey, a DNA expert who often testifies for the prosecution in criminal cases, said that for Trayvons DNA to wind up on the weapon, he would have to have handled it for a reasonable amount of time. The absence of his DNA doesnt mean much for the case, Tracey said.
My suspicion is that the defense and the state will present the DNA, because jurors expect to see it, but neither will make anything of it, Tracey said. It doesnt say, He did it!