In a capias request compiled by Sanford Inv. Chris Serino he stated Zimmerman said he was in fear for his life, yet later followed Martin “in an effort to maintain surveillance of him while Zimmerman awaited the arrival of law enforcement officers.”
Serino wrote: “His actions are inconsistent with those of a person who has stated he was in fear of another subject.”
This statement echoed what Serino told Zimmerman in an interview only two days after the incident as Zimmerman and investigators listened to Zimmerman’s non-emergency call made the night of the shooting.
“You basically jumped out of the car to see where he was going?” asked Serino.
“Yes sir,” answered Zimmerman.
“That’s not fear. You know what I mean? That’s one of the problems I have with the whole thing, or I’m gonna have… That’s gonna be a problem.”
However evidence showed during Zimmerman’s Computerized Voice Stress Test, given to him only one day after the shooting, Zimmerman showed no signs of stress in his voice when answering “no” to two questions – “Did you confront the guy you shot?” and “Were you in fear for your life when you shot the guy?”
In Serino’s report – where he also stated he believed Zimmerman should be charged with manslaughter – he said Zimmerman had two chances to identify himself to Martin and had already reached a “faulty conclusion” as for Martin’s purpose in the neighborhood.
While Serino said the there were no independent witnesses to corroborate or refute Zimmerman’s story he wrote, “Investigative findings show the physical injuries displayed by George Zimmerman are marginally consistent with a life-threatening violent episode…”
This latest round of evidence was released as part of an order made by Judge Kenneth Lester to make certain parts of the discovery public. Although the State Attorney’s Office released the information, Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara preempted the release by posting videos and audio of Zimmerman’s statements on his website, GZLegalCase.com.
The additional documentation from Serino had been previously redacted and was released Tuesday.
Zimmerman, 28, is currently in the Seminole County jail facing a second-degree murder charge for the shooting of Martin on Feb. 26. He is set for a second bond hearing before Judge Lester on Friday.
Meanwhile, officials from the Sanford Police Department announced Tuesday that Serino had voluntarily requested for a reassignment to the patrol division. Officials said he will begin his new assignment July 7.