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Forensic Expert: Gunshot Wound Indicates Trayvon Was Atop Zimmerman

A forensic expert testified Tuesday that Trayvon Martin’s gunshot wound indicated that he was likely on top of George Zimmerman when the neighborhood watch volunteer shot him.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Vincent Di Maio, an expert on gunshot wounds who has written and co-authored several articles and a book on the subject, said the single shot that killed the Florida teen passed through Martin’s clothing as it hung 2-4 inches from his skin, indicating that Martin was over Zimmerman and leaning forward.

“If you’re lying on your back, the clothing is going to be against your chest,” Di Maio testified. “So the fact that we know the clothing was 2 to 4 inches away is consistent with someone leaning over the person doing the shooting.”

Di Maio also testified that Martin likely remained conscious for 10-15 seconds after the shot, and may have been alive for as long as 3 minutes, according to the forensic evidence.

Di Maio stated that he agreed “100 percent” with the firearms examiner, who concluded the weapon was discharged against Martin’s clothing; and he explained the gun was fired 2 to 4 inches away from the skin, according to powder tattooing around the wound.

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