ABC News has what looks like a flash photo of Zimmerman's head reportedly taken immediately after the shooting; it is not for the squeamish:
A new photograph obtained exclusively by ABC News showing the bloodied back of George Zimmerman's head, which was apparently taken three minutes after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, gives possible credence to his claim that Martin had bashed his head against the concrete as Zimmerman fought for his life.
The cuts to his head are in the sort of line that might be made by the edge of a sidewalk. Apologies in advance to anyone who just had breakfast - pic.
One infers from ABC that this was not a police photo:
The person who took the photograph of a bloodied Zimmerman, asking not to be identified, told ABC News exclusively that they did not see the scuffle that night, but did hear it. The person recalled seeing Martin's prostrate body on the wet grass and said the gunpowder burns on Martin's gray hoodie were clearly visible.
The photographer said that after the shooting, Zimmerman asked the photographer to call his wife. When the photographer asked him what to say, Zimmerman blurted out, "Man, just tell her I shot someone."
Investigators have seen the photo.
It's a bit odd - the photo seems posed, which makes one wonder whether Zimmerman was planning ahead to document his situation. A neighbor would have overheard the scuffle. A responding policeman who had not quite made it to the scene might have overheard part of it.
And any head wound bleeds like crazy, so those cuts might not have been all that impressive after being cleaned up. OTOH, there they are.
The Zimmerman bond hearing is on now. The Orlando Sentinel is streaming it.
ABC says we are unlikely to get a sneak peek at the prosecution case:
In a bail hearing in Florida, the burden of proof to deny bail, even in a second-degree murder trial, is higher than needed to seek a conviction in a trial.
"They would have to prove that the presumption of guilt is great, and that the proof is evident," O'Mara said.
In the capias -- similar to a warrant -- filed against Zimmerman last week, Special Prosecutor Angela Corey and her team set bail at "none."
In order to avoid a reduction in bail to a set monetary sum, Corey's team would have to prove its case essentially, something legal experts say is unlikely at this point in the legal process.
Zimmerman attorney O'Mara said he doubts the prosecutor will reveal its case before the trial.
Well, Dale Gilbreath, one of the two investigators who signed the probable cause arrest affidavit, is taking the stand right now...
KIDDING? The voice experts are the Orlando Sentinel, and the FBI has people studying the tapes. But this is a State investigation and affidavit. I infer the State won't be relying on voice experts to advance their case.
SO WHAT IS THE EVIDENCE? From the CNN live blog, we wonder what the state's case might be:
[Updated at 10:47 a.m. ET] O'Mara is back to questioning state attorney's investigator Dale Gilbreath, one of the investigators in the case.
O'Mara asked whether Gilbreath knows who started the fight between Zimmerman and Martin, or had any evidence as to who started the fight. Gilbreath said no.
O'Mara asked whether Gilbreath had any evidence contradicting Zimmerman's statement to Sanford police on the night of the incident that Zimmerman 1) turned toward his car after losing sight of Martin; and 2) that Martin started the fight that led to the shooting. Gilbreath said no.
The state makes a bit of a comeback here:
[Updated at 10:53 a.m. ET] The prosecuting attorney, after saying "I didn't know we were going to be trying the case today," is back to ask questions of state attorney's investigator Dale Gilbreath, after O'Mara asked questions challenging the state's assertions.
The prosecutor asked Gilbreath whether there was any evidence indicating that Zimmerman's account that Martin bashed his head against a sidewalk wasn't true. Gilbreath said yes.
Who am I going to believe, this investigator or my lying eyes? That said, "any evidence" against Zimmerman's story is pretty broad - maybe there is some evidence supporting his story and some disputing it. Maybe the scuffle started near the sidewalk (hence the seemingly linear cuts) and Zimmerman wriggled to the grass.
Bail is set at $150,000; the state had requested $1 million, the defense $15,000, and the judge went with roughly the geometric mean. From my extensive review of Elmore Leonard novels I would expect a bail bondsman would want ten percent down, which ought to be within reach of Zimmerman's dad (who had offered to take out a second mortgage if necessary.)