Originally Posted by Some guy who summarized it.
00:00 - 22:00 Mouth swab, Zimmerman talks with female deputy. Asks her at one point, "Have you ever had to shoot someone?"
She says no. He says, "Good for you." They discuss health insurance and miscellany.
22:00 - Begin "baseline" stress reading. Just explanation of the baseline.
23:00 - Zimmerman states he is at a "6, maybe 7"/10 for stress. "It's like it's in the back of my mind," he says. He says he's not nervous about talking to Deputies and came of his own free will and was not at all coerced.
25:00 - Zimmerman tells Deputy he cannot breathe out of his nose, wants to know if it's okay if he drinks water during the examination because his mouth will get dry. Examiner asks if he had his nose broken. Zimmerman responds in the affirmative.
25:22 - Begin Zimmerman's retelling of events in his own words so examiner can ask him questions about the events.
Paraphrased in first person -
Leave house, go to Target. Saw a guy walking slowly by a house looking toward the house. Knew he didn't live there, so I was suspicious. He kept looking around and it arose my suspicion. It was raining. He didn't look like he was in a rush to get out of the rain. He was not exercising, so he had no point to be in the rain. He looked out of place, and looked suspicious based on the training received in Neighborhood Watch. Called non-emergency line. He walked past my car and I lost "visual contact" with him. Operator asked if I could get somewhere I could see where he was headed. I said yes so I drove adjacent to clubhouse.
Operator asked what street I was on. I didn't know. Operator said they needed to know what house I was in front of. Tried to get them to come to the clubhouse. At this point, the man walked in front of my car, had his hand in his waistband. Still on phone with non-emergency dispatch.
Blah blah blah. Went to the next street because I knew the addresses there. Couldn't find the guy. Walked through cut-through, and "he appeared out of nowhere". Had hung up with dispatch at this point. I heard him say, "You got a problem?"
I went to go for my phone to call 911. I guess I didn't have my phone in the pocket I thought I had it in, must have been in my jacket. He just punched me in my nose. I fell backward. He ended up on top of me. He just kept punching my face and my head. I was screaming for help. He told me to shut the **** up. I kept yelling for help. I got leverage, got my head up, he took my head and slammed my head repeatedly into the concrete.
I felt like I was going to lose consciousness. I started really screaming for help. He covered my nose with one hand and my mouth with the other and he told me to shut the **** up again. I couldn't breathe -- I was suffocating. I tried to shift so my head was not on the concrete anymore. My jacket and shirt lifted as I moved and exposed my firearm. He saw it and said, "You're going to die tonight mother****er." He took his hand off my mouth and I felt it slide down my chest.
I fired one shot. He said, "You got me" or something similar. Ended up on top of him, straddling him.
Grabbed his hands, was concerned he had a weapon. Told him, "Stop. Don't move."
Asked first responder for help and if he was an officer. I told him do not call police, they're already on the way. First responder said he already was on the phone with them. I took my hands off him [Martin] because he stopped struggling. Holstered my weapon. Saw another flashlight. Asked again if it was the police.
He said, "Who shot him?" I put my hands on my head and said, "I did." Cuffed and stuffed, etc. etc.
Paramedics showed up, took car of him [Martin] first. Said my nose was broken and I would need stitches.
36:39 - end of the story from Zimmerman's perspective. Begin questioning.
37:30 - Zimmerman says he had no communication with police at the time of the assault. States while being assaulted, he saw someone looking through a sliding glass door and he shouted for help at them. Claims the person responded they were on the phone with police.
38:00 - "After Martin disappeared through the cut-through, and you were walking through to follow him -- next thing you know, he comes out of nowhere. You went for your phone. That's when he punched you in the face."
Zimmerman replies, "I answered him. 'No I don't have a problem.' and went for my phone."
Zimmerman states he did not defend himself against the assault and did not punch back. Claims he did not pull his firearm at any point during the initial assault.
He insists that his firearm was holstered the entire time and no one could have possibly seen the firearm unholstered. He only touched it when he was "wrestling" with Martin.
39:41 - "You don't know this guy?"
39:50 - Why did you follow Martin?
"To tell police where he went."
Did you feel you put yourself in danger?
Zimmerman goes on to explain he followed him at first, had called non-emergency dozens of times, and once "these guys" (meaning suspicious people) see that someone's calling, they just run. So he peeked around a corner to see if Martin was around and that is when he hung up with non-emergency because he didn't see him anymore.
40:50 - What was this guy wearing?
"Hoodie and denim, stone-washed pants." Zimmerman says he's [Martin] anywhere from about 5'8"-6'0".
41:31 - When you're laying on the ground, that's when your jacket came up and he saw your gun. Was it on your left or right? And where were your hands at?
"Gun was on the right side. I was trying to keep his hands away."
41:50 - What did you feel next?
His hand slid down my chest and tried to reach for my gun. He had one hand on my mouth and one hand on my nose. He took one hand off and said, "You're going to die mother****er." And I felt his hand go down the side of my chest.
42:30 - Zimmerman states he forgot he had the gun until he felt Martin go for the gun. Zimmerman claims his hands were up by his head trying to defend himself and he at no time attempted to reach for the firearm until Martin tried to go for it. Zimmerman claims he was just trying to stop Martin from suffocating him.
43:00 - How did you come to fire on him from that position?
Zimmerman claims he fired from his hip. He claims he cleared the holster and made sure his own left hand was clear of the gun. Zimmerman demonstrates how he was able to fire from that position.
45:00 - As soon as the round went off, he stopped attacking you?
Yes. He sat back and said, "You got me." Or "You got it." Or whatever.
45:30 - Examiner says, "So this happened pretty quick."
Zimmerman says it felt like an eternity. Examiner and Zimmerman share a little "back and forth" about how they've been in similar situations and it feels like an eternity but it was only really a few minutes.
46:00 - Examiner steps out. Begin polygraph examination.
53:51 - What colour would you say the walls are?
54:45 - What we're looking for is your truthfulness. Like, was this a confrontation against you and not a mutual confrontation and were you in fear for your life.
55:26 - What do you call this guy? Do you call him "The kid"? Do you call him...?
56:05 - Told you there were gonna be nine questions. Didn't lie to ya. We got three types. Relative questions - everyday questions that should impose no stress. They're very benign. "Is your name George? Is the day Monday? Is this the month of February? Am I wearing a watch?"
Then we have control questions. They're there to see what you look like when you DO lie. So lie to me. "Is the colour of the wall green?" You're gonna say no. Blah blah blah. Imagine you got pulled over. Remember that feeling where your palms get sweaty. etc.
Then I'm going to ask you a question - have you ever driven over the posted speed limit. And you're going to tell me...? No. So lie to me again.
Then we're gonna ask you this: these are the relevant questions.
Were you in fear for your life? Did you confront the guy you shot?
Then he says that's all and sets up a chair so Zimmerman is facing a wall and explains the examination. He states that you can't game the system by modulating your voice, so don't even try.
1:01:30 - Machine calibration.
2:08 Is your name George? Yes
2:15 Is your name George? Yes
02:22 Is the colour of the walls green? No
02:28 Is today Monday? Yes
2:37 Did you confront the guy you shot? No
2:45 Is this the month of February? Yes
2:55 Were you in fear for your life when you shot the guy? Yes
3:05 Are we in the city of Sanford? Yes
3:10 Have you ever driven over the posted speed limit? No
3:20 Am I wearing a watch? No
3:28 Am I wearing a watch? No
3:38 "That was a practice try." Examiner re-explains the test and lets him know he didn't do anything wrong and helps make the process easier. He reminds Zimmerman he is not wearing a watch and to not draw out his "nos".
5:30 Is your name George? Yes
5:37 Is your name George? Yes
5:44 Is the colour of the walls green? No
5:50 Is today Monday? Yes
5:55 Did you confront the guy you shot? No
6:00 Is this the month of Feb.? Yes.
6:08 Is this the month of Feb.? Yes.
6:11 Were you in fear for your life when you shot the guy? Yes
6:20 Are we in the city of Sanford? Yes
6:25 Have you ever driven over the posted speed limit? No
6:30 Am I wearing a watch? No
End of polygraph examination.
7:30 A detective comes in. They determine they have no further need to keep Zimmerman around. They say they'll go back to his house and see if anyone saw anything, heard anything, etc. etc.
And now, the smoking gun you've read this whole way for...
8:35 The detective that just walked in, as Zimmerman is leaving, leans back in the room and whispers, "NDI?"
The examiner looks over and says, "NDI," meaning no deception indicated.
Detective says, "Yeah, that's what I thought."