George Zimmerman will presumably claim self-defense in the Tryvon Martin shooting, and (presumably) will also claims that Martin attacked him. An important factoid in evaluating the plausibility of this claim would be George Zimmermn's size. However, I have a concern - in the newly released evidence, are the Sanford PD trying to pull a fast one on the defense?
We will let Charles Blow of the NY Times set the stage, as of March 25:
Zimmerman’s statement, as related by police, says he was following the boy but “he had lost sight of Trayvon and was returning to his truck to meet the police officer when he says he was attacked by Trayvon.”
Trayvon’s personal account of who initiated the physical encounter is forever lost to the grave, but the initiation is likely to be the central question in the case.
To believe Zimmerman’s scenario, you have to believe that Trayvon, an unarmed boy, a boy so thin that people called him Slimm, a boy whose mother said that he had not had a fight since he was a preschooler, chose that night and that man to attack. You have to believe that Trayvon chose to attack a man who outweighed him by 100 pounds...
That weight differential was based on a 2005 police report showing Zimmerman weighed 250 lbs. Eventually, after the ABC News video of Zimmerman at the police station and an interview with a friend of Zimmerman's, the NY Times took a new guess - 170 lbs.
When he was finally booked on April 11, per his Intake Sheet, Zimmerman weighed 185 lbs. But what did he weigh on the night of the shooting? Did he lose fifteen pounds due to stress or crafty legal advice to look small and non-threatening? Did he balloon up from 170 due to, well, stress and a Dorito-heavy on-the-lam diet?
And here is the fast one. Baack when the Sanford PD first released parts of the relevant Offense Report (printed March 6, 2012) Zimmerman was listed as having a height of 509 but his weight was left blank.
Yet the same report, clearly updated with new witnesses, appears in the latest evidence dump in the first few pages. Because there are more witnesses, Zimmerman is moved back a bit in the "Persons" section (p. 4 of 183). However! He is also described as having a height of 507 and a weight of 200.
And what is that based on? Is that a weight actually recorded on the evening of Feb 26 which no one entered into the system until sometime after March 6? Is it somebody's subsequent guess based on something, such as the station house video? Did Zimmerman agree to be weighed sometime after March 6 while cooperating with the investigation?
Well. This number is being accepted by some as clear evidence of Zimmerman's weight on the night of the shooting. I don't think it is firmly established that this was Zimmerman's weight that night, since the March 6 report did not include it.
The defense may never need to reach this level of detail, but if they do, let's keep in mind the uncertain provenance of that 200 lb. figure.
FWIW: The March 6 police report has height/weight info as part of the description for all of the other witnesses (this was redacted for the evidence dump). Were they all put on scales, were these eyeballometric guesses, or did they come from a driver's license database?
NOW WE PLAY 'GUESS THE AGE': On p 182 of the evidence dump we see that the EMTs described Trayvon Martin as "approx. 20 y/o male". That relates back to 'GOOD POINT' in this post - Zimmerman described Martin as 'late teens' in his 911 call but in his bond hearing apology he said he thought Martin was " little bit younger than I was". Zimmerman is 28, so the first guess was better.