AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank
George Zimmerman at his most recent bond hearing.
Aside from lying about his finances, then filing a motion to get rid of the judge who caught him in that lie and said mean things to him, there hasn't been much big news about George Zimmerman lately. That all changed today, as the prosecutors who charged him with murdering Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in February have released another trove of evidence, stuff which though it may never be admissible in court, it should perhaps open a brand-new investigation of him, one that has nothing to do with shooting unarmed teenagers.
The evidence included 120 jail phone calls made by Zimmerman while he was in the Seminole County Jail, and a sickening piece of testimony from a woman identified only as "Witness 9." The Orlando Sentinel reports that the woman told authorities that Zimmerman, two years older, molested her from the time she was six years old until she was sixteen. While no police reports were made nor were any charges filed, "Witness 9" added more specifics in her story, which are difficult to stomach:
"We would all lay in front of the TV" to watch movies, she said, "and he would reach under the blankets and try to do things. … I would try to push him off, but he was bigger and stronger and older," she said.
He touched her improperly, she said, and at least once, when she was 12, forced her to touch him.
The last sexual encounter, she said, happened when she visited Zimmerman's family in Lake Mary. He directed her to lay on a bed and began to massage her, she said.
"I just got up and I ran out of the house and I got in my car," she said, adding that Zimmerman "only chased me to the front door."
Zimmerman's defense attorney reportedly tried at the last minute to stop the release of her testimony, and it's obvious why. When asked why she came forward now, "Witness 9" simply said, "This is the first time in my life that I'm not afraid of him."
Update: More from the New York Times.