According to Witness #9, George Zimmerman is not only a racist, but a child molester as well. Various reports suggest that this unnamed witness is a cousin. Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, already has some … credibility issues after lying about his finances during a bond hearing. According to MSNBC, this information comes from audiotaped recordings between investigators and Witness #9.
“Growing up, (Zimmerman) and his family always made statements that they didn’t like black people if they don’t act like white people,” the witness, who would be about 27 now, told investigators in the taped conversation. “They like black people if they act white. Other than that, they talked a lot of bad things about black people.”
Witness #9 couldn’t pinpoint a specific incident when asked. In a separate interview with investigators, the witness claims that Zimmerman molested his cousin, who is 2 years younger than him, from when she was 8 to 18 years old.
“The earliest incident she said she could remember took place when she was about 6 years old while she was staying with the Zimmerman family in Virginia while her mother and father moved to Orlando, Fla., from Louisiana. She alleges that Zimmerman groped her under the blanket, the first in a series of traumatic incidents that she says continued at family get-togethers until she was about 16.”
Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara unsuccessfully tried to block release of the audio tapes on the grounds that the information they contained were irrelevant to the case. According to the statement on Zimmerman’s website:
The defense moved to block the public release of Witness #9’s statement in a motion filed on June 18, 2012 contending “The content of this statement is not relevant to the issues of this case, and it would not be admissible in the State’s case in chief.” The motion further contends that this irrelevant statement should be withheld from public dissemination because of the substantial risk that public disclosure will lead to widespread hostile publicity which would substantially impair the Defendant’s fair trial rights, and would pose a serious threat to the administration of justice.
It is unclear how or if the prosecution intends to use this information. In addition, O’Mara sought to block release of audio of Zimmerman’s jailhouse phone calls. Currently, Zimmerman is awaiting trial on 2nd degree murder charges at a safehouse in an undisclosed location. Aside from these developments, one of Zimmerman’s supporters is going door to door collecting signatures to protest against a permanent memorial to Trayvon in the neighborhood.
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