Neighbor: Zimmerman’s ‘Nose was Very Disfigured’ After Run-In with Martin

-By Warner Todd Huston

On Tuesday, Eloise Dilligard, a neighbor of Accused shooter George Zimmerman, testified that after the encounter with teen Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman’s “nose was very disfigured” and his face was covered in blood immediately after of the incident.

Dilligard’s testimony was brought to the courtroom via the Internet due to her unspecified illness, but the neighbor supported Zimmerman’s claim that he was assaulted by Martin before the teen was shot.

The woman said she had arrived at the scene of the incident only moments after it was over and was asked by a police officer to identify those involved.

After Dilligard said that Zimmerman’s “nose was very disfigured” she said she thought the voice heard yelling on a recording made during the fight was that of the accused.

A firearms expert and a forensics expert both testified that the gun was fired only inches from Martin’s skin, a fact that tends to corroborate Zimmerman’s claim that Martin was on top of him when he pulled his gun and fired.

“The wound itself, by the gap and the powder tattooing, in the face of contact with the clothing indicates that this is consistent with Mr. Zimmerman’s account that Mr. Martin was over him, leaning forward at the time he was shot,” Forensic pathologist Dr. Vincent DiMaio said.

DiMaio also said that six separate impacts to Zimmerman’s head could be identified. This also seems to support Zimmerman’s claim that he and Martin fought before the gun rang out.

George Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara said the prosecution would likely wrap its case by Wednesday.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,, and, as well as,,,,, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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