The shortcut has come up recently on two other threads.W-8Media
I think it will be useful to document, as best I can, the negative point that Zimmerman did not tell SPD that he saw Martin enter the complex.Audio
of Zimmerman's statements to SPD.
Zimmerman's written statement
video of CVSA interview (2/27)
The first time Zimmerman described the initial sighting, he did not say where Martin was.
Singleton: OK. What made them suspicious?
Zimmerman: This gentleman in particular? I had never seen him in the neighborhood. I know all the residents.
Zimmerman: It was raining out, and he was leisurely walking, taking his time, looking at all the houses.
Later in the same interview, Zimmerman spoke of seeing Martin in front of a specific house, later identified as 1460 Retreat View Circle.
Zimmerman: And like I said, I saw him walking in the neighborhood, the same, in front of the same house that I had called the police before, to come to because this guy leaves his doors unlocked and stuff.
The 'like I said' probably refers to the first quoted statement. It's confusing, since Zimmerman went on in the same sentence to mention the specific house, which he actually hadn't mentioned before.
Singleton asked Zimmerman to mark on a map the location of Martin on first sighting.
Singleton: OK. Can you put an "X" on here, where you first saw the guy? A B&W photocopy
Zimmerman: Right, right about here.
of the map has been released. I've posted an enlarged section,
showing the location marked by Zimmerman.
The location is between 1460 and 1510, about even with the porch roofs of 1460 and the other units of the same building.
In the reenactment, Zimmerman said that he first saw Martin walking, 'Right in front of' 1460 RVC, and pointed out an area 'between these two poles.'
Smith: . . . pick him up at?
Zimmerman: Right here. Right in front of this house.
Smith: OK. Right in front of 1460?
Zimmerman: Yes, sir.
Smith: Alright. And, what was he, was walking in between the buildings, or - ?
Zimmerman: He was walking like in the grassy area, like, up towards, kinda between these two poles. Like I said, it was rainy. And he wasn't, he was just leisurely looking at the house.
In his written statement on 2/26, Zimmerman described the first sighting without specifying a location.
Tonight, I was on my way to the grocery store when I saw a male approximately 5'11" to 6'2" casually walking in the rain looking into homes.
Below are the remaining instances that I have identified, of Zimmerman commenting on Martin's location on first sighting in his SPD interviews.
CVSA, 25:36-26:02, 6:44:13-39
Zimmerman: And I was leaving my neighborhood when I saw this guy, walking slowly in front of a house, looking towards the house.
Zimmerman: Two or three weeks prior to that, I'd seen somebody looking in a window of the house that he was in front of.
Zimmerman: So when I saw him, in the same area, in front of the guy's house that I know [unintelligible] had been unsecured, and he was looking into the house, I just thought something doesn't fit right here.
Serino: And this is, but this is one, this is the one prior to this one, right?
Zimmerman: No. This is, I'm sorry. That's why I felt this was suspicious.
Serino: OK. OK. What did you see Trayvon doing, that caught you as being suspicious?
Zimmerman: He was looking at the house, intently. And then -
Serino: What, the same house?
Zimmerman: The same house that, yeah, that had, I had called about before.
He was just walking slowly [unintelligible] the grass and onto the sidewalk.