Report: Zimmerman didn’t ID self as watch leader

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FILE - In this Thursday, April 12, 2012 file photo, George Zimmerman, right, stands next to a Seminole County Deputy during a court hearing in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murdering Trayvon Martin, has a bond hearing scheduled for Friday, April 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Pool, Gary W. Green, File)

ORLANDO, Fla. — The lead investigator in the Trayvon Martin case says murder defendant George Zimmerman could have defused the confrontation with the unarmed teenager if he would have identified himself as a neighborhood watch leader.

Sanford detective Chris Serino’s written report says in a written report released Tuesday that Zimmerman verbally confronted Martin but didn’t identify himself before the physical fight ensued and he shot and killed the 17-year-old.

Another investigator wrote that on the night of the shooting, two lie detector tests given to Zimmerman found he wasn’t lying about what happened. The results of such tests are usually not admissible in court.

The 28-yearold Zimmerman maintains that Martin attacked him and was beating him up before he fatally shot him. He has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.

Source: The Associated Press

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