I don't see this as a huge discrepancy. Mr. Zimmerman is confident that he didn't leave the clubhouse until he was asked to do so - but that never actually happened. It's very possible that he was listening for that snippet of conversation before confirming he had left the clubhouse - I'd say it's evident by him not being sure as the call progresses, but that's speculation.
he's wrong, he's right? I get the feeling the prosecution would LOVE to hear that explained to a jury in open court. Could his later "not sure-ness" also be explained to a jury as the hemming and hawing of a man who is caught having painted himself into a corner and made contradictory statements, BOTH of which implicate a story that does not match the recorded call?
GZ marked a middle position (at the first corner of TTL, south of the mailboxes) on the map Singleton gave him, but quickly crossed it out just before he arrived at his first telling of the "TM doubled back/circled/hand in waistband." I believe IMO that this is where his car was when TM approached him on foot - walking towards his home from the mailboxes (per Dee Dee) and/or "near the clubhouse now?/Yeah" (per GZ with dispatch) , not nonsensically or menacingly doubling back from the dog walk. Please show us how the "doubling back" move, a round trip walk of some 400 feet at minimum fits into GZ's recorded call at either position, clubhouse parking lot or parked by cut thru because it doesn't jibe with GZ's memory of calling dispatch while he was ahead of TM on RVC and parked at the clubhouse. If he called from there, moved and reached a human in the time we have on the call log, TM has not yet had enough time to reach the cut thru / dog walk T area unless he ALSO passed him at the clubhouse parking lot and then ran ahead while GZ couldn't see him, only to double back once GZ arrived at his final parking spot he claims he took. For GZ to move while on hold, TM would likely still be behind GZ somewhere on TTL. GZ tells it as though he arrived from the clubhouse having never spied TM from a moving vehicle while on TTL. IMO he's covering something, and I don't see how the timing EVER works for selective parts of his versions, much less one complete telling.
Plus, significantly starting the "speaking to a human" portion of the recorded call at the final parking spot leaves out the repeated insistence by George that he was "by the clubhouse" when he's played the tape of the approach/hand in waistband section of the call, and of course the original agreement that TM was "near the clubhouse/Yeah" said to dispatch. "Yeah" does not mean "no" after an explanation in a courtroom, IMO.
IMO these are nor false memories, minor inconsistencies, or evidence of a forgetful nature - they are evidence of being caught by investigators having pushed a false narrative he tried to sell earlier, conflicting with the harsh light of truth in the form of the recorded call, a call GZ behaved as though would not be held up against his account. IMO GZ deliberatley wanted to obscure how he and TM moved from the clubhouse area to the cut thru area. IMO placing GZ at the position he himself marked on a map (and quickly crossed out) resolves inconsistencies and solves the reason for contradictions - he WAS "by the clubhouse" just not in the parking lot) when TM approached his vehicle. Then, GZ turned around and followed him part way down TTL, causing TM to run away. Note also that GZ doesn't describe the running away ever, unless prompted, and when questioned specifically about the nature of the running has nothing to say about HOW TM was running.
CS: Okay. [continues playing call]
DS: Can you pause that for a minute? Okay, when you explained it to me, you said you had pulled over initially at the clubhouse, correct?
GZ: Yes, ma’am.
DS: Okay, but it seems so fast, and then I thought you told me, and you can correct me if I’m wrong, I thought you said they asked you, can you still see him, and you said, you told them you couldn’t, and you asked, and they said, well get to where you can see where he’s at. And you told me it was at that point you moved.
GZ: Yes, ma’am.DS: Now you’re saying he’s coming up to your car. Does that mean you’ve already, at this point in the tape, you’re already on Twin Tree, the street you didn’t know the name of at the time?
GZ: Um, no, I was on, I called when I was at the clubhouse.
DS: Okay, but he’s walking up to your car now, right?
GZ: Yes, ma’am.DS: On the tape, right. Cause you’re saying he’s walking up. You’re talking about when you’ve already left the clubhouse and now you’re on the corner.
GZ: No, ma’am. No, ma’am. I’m at the clubhouse.
DS: You’re still at the clubhouse when he does this?
GZ: Mm hmm.
DS: Okay. [Retreat view or 111? Now he's coming towards me…. waistband] Pause it right there. Okay, where’s, where are you at now? Are you still at the clubhouse?
GZ: I think I’m still at the clubhouse, yes.
DS: Okay. [and he's a black male - something's wrong with him] Has he moved yet?
GZ: I don’t think so.
DS: You’re still in front of the clubhouse?
GZ: I think so.
DS: On Retreat View Circle.
GZ: Yes, ma’am. I don’t remember even saying he had a button on his shirt.
DS: Okay. [with him..something's wrong with him… what his deal is]
CS: Something’s wrong with him. What’s that statement supposed to mean?
GZ: I don’t know.
CS: Okay. [continues playing call Ah, these assholes, they always get away]
DS: Okay, where are you at now? Are you still in front of the clubhouse?
GZ: I don’t remember.
CS: Okay. [these axxholes always get away ] That statement. "These a**holes…" what’s behind that?
GZ: People that victimize the neighborhood.
DS: Didn’t you just tell us in there that a week earlier they made an arrest?
GZ: Yes, ma’am.
DS: They don’t always get away.
CS: Good point. [plays recording] What’s happening now? Are you guys walking now, is he walking?
GZ: No, that’s, I was parked where I could see him now.CS: So you’re…
DS: Okay, so you’re definitely not in front of the clubhouse any more, at this point?
CS: So you’re ahead of him?
GZ: No, I was behind him.
CS: Okay, so you walked to your car, then walked along this path and you were behind him?
GZ: Yes, sir.
GZ: When I was at the clubhouse he walked…
CS: Are you driving slowly or something?
GZ: No, I pulled over and stopped before I called.
CS: Okay. Okay. [plays recording - "sh*t he's running] Okay. Full sprint, full-on flight…jogging, trotting…describe the run.
GZ: I don’t remember. I just, cause I was on the phone. It happened so quickly.
CS: Well, ah, I understand that, George, but I guess that it’s um…if it was a bicycle theft I could say okay, but it’s kinda important. I mean, was he running as to evade you, get away from you, ah, maybe got tired of getting wet in the rain. What kinda run was it? I mean, it sounds like he’s running as to get away from you.
GZ: I don’t know why he was running.
CS: But what kinda run was it? Can’t say?
GZ: I don't remember.