The George Zimmerman defense team mentioned something in passing that had been itching at the back of my brain for the past couple of weeks. The defense team stated to reporters that Zimmerman’s dramatic face and body changes over the past 18 months could influence jurors, but declined to say how.
That brings up a good point. The defense team said that Zimmerman has gained over 100 pounds since he admittedly shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin in February 2012 in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., after the high school student walked home from a convenience store.
It’s actually been amazing how the weight has shifted the contours of Zimmerman’s face radically, almost to the point where he looks unrecognizable from the person today matched against the person who killed Martin in 2012 or from the person who was jailed years ago. Take a look at the random photos of Zimmerman over the years to see just how much his countenance has changed over the past few years.