One of the key details to emerge in recent weeks in the killing of unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was whether his killer, George Zimmerman, used a racial slur before the confrontation.
On Thursday, however, a document filed by Angela Corey, the special prosecutor in the case, made it clear that she does not believe a slur was used, according to CNN.
On a 911 recording, Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, could be heard uttering something under his breath as he called police to report a “suspicious person” in his neighborhood. Martin was black. Many listeners have said they believe Zimmerman said “fucking coons,” but the audio isn’t clear enough to be definitive.
A CNN reporter who read a copy of the affidavit on air, however, said it made clear that the prosecutor believes Zimmerman used the term “punks” at at that moment.
Zimmerman was charged on Wednesday with second-degree murder in the killing of Martin. He has said the killing was an act of self defense.
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