Addition Evidence in the George Zimmerman case has been released. The most compelling statement is that of “witness 9,” who identified George Zimmerman and his mother as racist, and this witness disclosed that Zimmerman had molested her ( a female relative ) for 10 years. This occurred between the time Zimmerman was 8 to 18 years old. The victim was two years younger.
The Washington Post asserts that while this information is interesting it would be irrelevant in the case of the murder of Trayvon Martin. In my opinion, the Washington Post is too quick to assume that the information is irrelevant. The question is whether the statement by “Witness 9” would be admissible in court. While evidence of previous crimes would generally be considered inadmissible in a typical murder case, this is NOT a “typical” murder case. If Zimmerman is charged with a “hate” crime, then his state of mind is relevant. If he was a predator, and if I were the prosecuting attorney, I would absolutely assert that the evidence of past sexual abuse would be highly relevant to show the mindset of a predator. It is even more likely that it would be admissible in the sentencing part of the trial. That is to say that if convicted, during the part of the trial when the jury considers the appropriate sentence, evidence of character is admissible, and this evidence could appropriately be considered at that time.
Witness 9’s statement is even more credible because it was made before the case was publicized, before Zimmerman was charged with a hate crime, and the witness confronted Zimmerman about the abuse, and Zimmerman acknowledged the abuse, because he apologized. Sorry!? For ten years he molested this cousin, and he is now “sorry”! After killing Trayvon Martin he hasn’t even said he was “sorry.” He accused the “fucking coon” of being the aggressor.