George Michael Zimmerman, the self-appointed neighbourhood watch volunteer, who is on bail since last month in the Trayvon Martin murder case, has been diagnosed with a “closed fracture” of his nose, a pair of black eyes, two lacerations to the back of his head and a minor back injury the day after he fatally shot the 17-year old black youth during an alleged altercation on Feb 26 last.
A medical report shows that he also suffered bruising in the upper lip and cheek and lower back pain. The two lacerations on the back of his head, one of them nearly an inch long, the other about a quarter-inch long, were first revealed in photos obtained exclusively by ABC News last month.
Zimmerman faces a second degree murder charge for the shooting that left the unarmed 17-year-old high school junior dead. Zimmerman has claimed that he shot in self-defense in what he described as a life and death struggle that Martin initiated by accosting him, punching him in the face, then repeatedly bashing his head into the pavement.
However, there was an outcry as Zimmerman was accused of indulging in racial profiling and killing Martin.
But the three-page medical report may bolster Zimmerman’s claim that he acted in self-defense because he was being attacked. It is included in those documents that the defense could use as evidence.
He sought treatment at the offices of a general physician at a family practice near Sanford, Florida on the morning after the shooting, on Feb 27. The doctor notes Zimmerman sought an appointment to get legal clearance to return to work.
Documents are being examined by lawyers for both the defense and prosecution as part of discovery in Zimmerman’s trial.
But the report also shows Zimmerman declined hospitalization the night of the shooting, and then declined the advice of his doctor to make a follow-up appointment with an ear nose and throat doctor.
Apart from physical injuries, Zimmerman complained of stress and “occasional nausea when thinking about the violence.”
The report also said that prior to the shooting Zimmerman had been prescribed Adderall and Temazepam, medications that can cause side effects such as agitation and mood swings, but in fewer than 10 percent of patients.
The accused was granted a $150,000 bail and a close watch is being kept on him by GPS monitor device. He will be carefully tracked wherever he goes, especially outside Florida.