Photo appears to show Zimmerman
bleeding after Trayvon Martin killing
Photo of George Zimmerman taken by a police officer on the night of February 26, 2012
(CNN) -- A photo posted online Monday shows George Zimmerman
with blood on his
nose and lips.
attorneys say it was taken the night unarmed teen Trayvon Martin was killed in Sanford, Florida.
shot Martin in self-defense.
Martin's attorneys say he
was shot and killed "in cold blood."
Prosecutors have charged Zimmerman
with second-degree murder for the February 26 killing.
A police report from the night of the incident said Zimmerman
was "bleeding from the nose and back of his
The 28-year-old volunteer neighborhood watchman was driving through his
gated community when the incident occurred.
Martin was walking through the neighborhood to his
father's girlfriend's house.
Zimmerman has claimed that after the two exchanged words, Martin charged at him, knocked him to the ground and banged his head repeatedly against a concrete sidewalk.
Martin's family says Zimmerman
attacked the teen, who had done nothing wrong.
Martin's death sparked nationwide protests and inflamed public passions over race relations and gun control, as well as Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law, which allows the use of deadly force when a person perceives a threat to safety.
In August, a new judge was named to oversee the case, after an appeals court agreed to a request from Zimmerman's defense team.
The attorneys had argued the previous judge had made remarks putting Zimmerman
in reasonable fear of an unfair trial.
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