By Rene Stutzman, Orlando Sentinel, March 27, 2012
Sanford Police Failed to Collect Key Evidence in the Case: the Clothing of George Zimmerman
police say they took his clothing as well as Trayvon’s and packaged it for crime-lab analysis. A spokeswoman for Special Prosecutor Angela Corey would not disclose Tuesday where the clothing is now, but she wrote in an email that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement “is assisting with the processing of physical evidence.” Typically, evidence from Seminole County crime scenes is analyzed at the FDLE lab in Orlando.
Neighborhood Watch Captain George Zimmerman Wasn’t Arrested Because He Has a Relative on the Sanford Police Force
Police have no one named Zimmerman on the payroll nor anyone related to him, Bill Lee Jr. said earlier this month before stepping down temporarily as police chief. That rumor may have started when an Orlando television station misidentified Sanford police spokesman Sgt. David Morgenstern as David Zimmerman.
Typically, evidence from Seminole County crime scenes is analyzed at the FDLE lab in Orlando.
Police Should Have Simply Arrested Zimmerman and Let a Judge Sort it Out
Zimmerman was not arrested because he told police he acted in self-defense, and then-Chief Lee said police did not have probable cause. Florida Statute 776.032 expressly prohibits police from arresting someone who had a reasonable fear of imminent death or great bodily harm. Police may investigate, the statute says, “but the agency may not arrest the person” without probable cause.