ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — According to documents and recordings, former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman called police at least six times in the months before he fatally shot and unarmed teen. There were close to 50 calls made over eight years to police in Sanford, Fla.
Details released Thursday show Zimmerman reported activity as benign as kids playing in the street. The records also show a growing frustration with suspects getting away with petty crimes in his gated community.
The information does little to clear up what happened on the night Trayvon Martin was shot. Zimmerman started to follow the 17-year-old despite a police dispatcher telling him "you don't have to do that." Martin was walking back to a house he was staying at in the community after a trip to a convenience store to buy Skittles and a can of iced tea.
Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and claims self-defense.
225-w-30-(Tony Winton, AP correspondent, with sound George Zimmerman, in call to police)--Newly released recordings show George Zimmerman called police at least six times in the months before he shot Trayvon Martin to death. AP correspondent Tony Winton reports. (12 Jul 2012)
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226-a-09-(George Zimmerman, in call to police)-"next neighborhood over"-George Zimmerman tells a police dispatcher that suspects often flee the neighborhood. (12 Jul 2012)
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192-c-18-(Tony Winton, AP correspondent)-"second-degree murder"-AP correspondent Tony Winton reports prosecutors have released more documents about George Zimmerman's injuries the night of Trayvon Martin's shooting. (12 Jul 2012)
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191-v-25-(Tony Winton, AP correspondent)--New documents released in the shooting of Trayvon Martin pertain to the severity of the injuries to George Zimmerman, the man who shot him. AP correspondent Tony Winton reports. (12 Jul 2012)
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