Gun Shy Tourist at the "Around O-Town Orlando Area Crime Report and Firearms Blog" has links to good summary articles on the events of that night, and the investigative work done by bloggers and alternative media, because (as we all know) the mainstream media is in the pockets of the race-baiting industry on this one. Links to American Thinker and The Last Refuge with really in-depth work, especially at the second one. The Last Refuge article is a very deep investigation into what appears to be Trayvon's drug of choice (more or less in his own words), "lean", written by Dedicated Dad.
According to the autopsy report, Trayvon was 5'11" tall and weighed 158 pounds, the "ideal healthy weight" at that height being 160 pounds. He was not the skinny little boy with the Skittles that half of America still believes him to be. He was at least three inches taller than Zimmerman and only about 20 pounds lighter.In the self-defense training I've taken, I've come to a view that whatever happens in a self-defense incident will be treated almost as if it's a dance in a courtroom. Each move and counter-move changes the role of the parties and makes one the aggressor or victim. When I first heard about this incident - I absolutely haven't paid as much attention to it as many have - I thought "bad shoot". As time has gone by, though, it appears that the first reports were wrong (as they often are) or were lies like NBC's (once is too often). It appears the night unfolded as Zimmerman reported it. IANAL, but as I read it, when Zimmerman was following Martin, Zimmerman was the aggressor. However, it does appear that when the dispatcher said, "we don't need you to be doing that" (following Martin) he went back to his truck, and then when Martin came after him, Martin became the aggressor. That's why this isn't a stand your ground case. When someone that's roughly your equal in size and weight, and probably your superior in fitness and strength, is straddling you, smashing your head on the ground and trying to get your gun, it's straightforward self defense.