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Shooter's Lawyer Responds To Surveillance Video Of His Client On Night Of Trayvon Martin's Killing (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post  |  By Gene Demby  |  Posted: 03/29/2012 3:42 pm Updated: 03/29/2012 3:49 pm

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George Zimmerman's lawyer appeared on The Today Show the morning after surveillance video was made public of his client on the night he shot Trayvon Martin to death.

Craig Sonner told Matt Lauer that the video, which shows Zimmerman in handcuffs and seemingly unbloodied as he was being led into a police station, was too grainy to show injuries his client claimed he sustained in his fight with Trayvon Martin, the teenager he shot and killed on Feb. 26. Zimmerman has maintained that the killing of the unarmed teenager was in self-defense, and in his statement to the police he said that Martin had been sucker-punched him and repeatedly slammed his head on the ground.

Matt Lauer asked Sonner if Zimmerman was wearing the same clothing in the surveillance video, which was taken four hours after the shooting, as he was when he shot Martin.

"I don't know," Sonner said.

Lauer asked Sonner about Zimmerman's claim that his nose was broken in the scuffle with Martin. "Do you have any photo evidence? Did anyone take any picture of Mr. Zimmerman after the altercation and shooting that would back up that report?"

Sonner said the police had not turned over any information or evidence that they had regarding the shooting. "Until charges are filed, I don't have that information and I can't force law enforcement to give it to me," Sonner said.

"Wouldn't he have an x-ray or something that he could gain access to and show in fact that his nose was broken and might detail some of the injuries he…allegedly sustained that evening?" Lauer asked.

"Even with all the evidence that's coming out, I'm not going to litigate this case in the media," Sonner said. "But there will be more evidence that comes out. There are bits and pieces that are coming out each day, it seems."

Lauer also asked Sonner about statements George Zimmerman's father, Robert, made to an Orlando area news reporter last night. In the report, Zimmerman's father recounted his son's explanation of the shooting, including a threat that Martin allegedly made to Zimmerman that did not previously appear in his son's statements to police.

"After nearly a minute of being beaten, George was trying to get his head off the concrete, trying to move with Trayvon on him into the grass," the elder Zimmerman said. " In doing so, his firearm was shown. Trayvon Martin said something to the effect of 'you're going to die now or you're going to die tonight,' something to that effect. He continued to beat George and at some point, George pulled his pistol and did what he did."

Lauer asked about the threat Robert Zimmerman attributed to Martin. "Do you have any idea why [Zimmerman's father] would not have spoken out if he had that information?"

Sonner said that he was not informed that Zimmerman's father was going to make that statement. "I suppose he stayed quiet as long as he could and had to tell his side of the story," Sonner said.

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