So What Happened to the Hoodie?
Friday, May 18, 2012
The autopsy report says there was an 'intermediate range' gunshot wound to the chest. It describes an area of stippling about two inches in diameter. Soot is present. Ok, so we have some information now about the range of fire. But wait. This is on Trayvon Martin's skin. What about the hoodie? Shouldn't the gunshot residue be on his clothes?
Yes, it should—and it was. Among the documents released yesterday is a March 22 report from a firearms analyst with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. In her report, she indicates that both the light grey Nike sweatshirt and the dark grey hooded sweatshirt Martin was wearing have apparent bullets holes that “display residues and physical effects consistent with a contact shot.”
So the muzzle was in contact with the clothing, but the medical examiner said that the shot was fired from ‘intermediate range’. How is the pistol touching the clothing while being at least four inches or more from the skin? Newly released video of Martin making his purchase at a nearby convenience store shortly before the shooting shows that the clothing is loose fitting. In order for there to be this much distance between the clothes and the skin, one of two things had to happen: either (1) the clothing was being pulled away from Martin’s body (presumably by George Zimmerman) or (2) Martin was on top of Zimmerman, chest downward, with his clothes hanging due to gravity.