Within a collection of evidence officially released by the State Attorney's Office on Thursday, was an audio recording of a 15-minute interview with George Zimmerman's former co-worker. During the interview, the man, whose name was not given, says that Zimmerman racially targeted him and bullied him at work, ThinkProgress.com reports.
According to the witness, Zimmerman singled him out because he was Middle Eastern, calling him a "fucking moron" and mocking him with the voice of "Achmed the terrorist." He said Zimmerman would also tell stories and make jokes about "bombing" and other "Middle Eastern stuff."
Editor's Note: Some readers may find the language in this audio offensive.
Zimmerman has been charged with shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on the evening of Feb. 26 in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer called 911 and told a police dispatcher that the teen, who was returning from a trip to a nearby convenience store, "looked suspicious." After an altercation, Zimmerman shot Martin in the chest, subsequently telling local police that he acted in self-defense.
In addition to the second-degree murder charge he's facing, Zimmerman could also face federal hate crime charges. If convicted of second-degree murder, Zimmerman could serve a maximum sentence of life in prison. However, if he is found guilty of a federal hate crime charge, he could face the death penalty.
The witness said that he never felt physically threatened by Zimmerman or had any violent interaction with him. He said that he complained to management about Zimmerman's behavior, and Zimmerman was eventually "fired for calling the HR hotline so many times."
Complaints about Zimmerman's behavior aren't new. In the past, his neighbors complained about his aggressive tactics as a neighborhood watchmen and public records show he was arrested in Orange County in 2005 on charges of resisting arrest with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer.
Since his arrest, Zimmerman has been released on bond. The case is expected to go to trial.
A photograph of George Zimmerman taken the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin in Sanford, FL.
The gun George Zimmerman used to shoot Trayvon Martin can be seen in this evidence photo.
George Zimmerman's gun and clip can be seen in this evidence photograph taken by Sanford police. Zimmerman shot and killed Martin after an altercation with the unarmed teen, who was returning to the house where his father was staying on February 26 after a trip to a nearby 7-Eleven.
George Zimmerman photographed by police the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin in a gated community in Sanford, FL.
Cuts can be seen on the face of George Zimmerman in this photo taken by police on the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman claims that Martin attacked him and banged his head repeatedly on the ground, prompting Zimmerman to shoot the teenager in self-defense.
Cuts can be seen on the face of George Zimmerman in this photograph taken the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman says he shot Martin during an altercation in which Martin slammed his head repeatedly into the ground.
George Zimmerman, photographed by police on the night he shot Trayvon Martin in Sanford, FL.
Blood can be seen on the head of George Zimmerman in this police photo taken the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman claims he shot Martin, an unarmed teenager, in self-defense.
Blood can be seen on the head of George Zimmerman in this police photo taken the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
Blood and bruises can be seen on the head of George Zimmerman in this police photo taken the night he shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
In this Feb. 27, 2012 image taken from a Sanford Police video posted on a website called gzlegalcase.com by George Zimmerman'sdefense team, Zimmerman speaks to investigators, (not shown) at the scene of Trayvon Martin's fatal shooting a day later giving police a blow-by-blow account of his fight with the teen. On the tape, Zimmerman did a reenactment of the scuffle with Martin in the moments before he shot the 17-year-old from Miami. (AP Photo/Sanford Police video via Zimmerman Defense Team)
This photo released by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office shows Shellie Zimmerman. Zimmerman, the wife of the Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman, was charged with perjury and accused of lying when she told a judge that the couple had limited funds during a hearing that resulted in her husband being released on $150,000 bond. She was released on $1,000 bond. (AP Photo/Seminole County Sheriff's Office)