A convenience store video provides a glimpse into the final moments of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin just before he crossed paths with George Zimmerman on Feb. 26, in Sanford, Florida.
The video shows Trayvon purchasing a can of Arizona ice tea and a pack of Skittles at a 7-11 minutes before he was shot and killed by Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman. Trayvon, wearing a dark gray hoodie and sagging pants, is seen walking to the cooler at the rear of the store and then proceeding to the counter to pay for his purchases.
Moments later, as he returned to a friend's house in a nearby gated community, Trayvon was shot through the heart from intermediate range of about 3 feet, according to the autopsy report.
The finding disputes Zimmerman's account that Trayvon was on top of him beating his head into the pavement when he fired his handgun at close range in self defense.
The autopsy conducted by the Volusia County Medical Examiner shows traces of THC, an ingredient in marijuana, in Trayvon's blood. The THC in the teen's system was not enough to cause impairment. Trayvon was suspended from high school in Miami the day before he was killed after a security guard searched Trayvon's bag and found a baggie containing marijuana residue.
The video was released by the state attorney's office Thursday in accordance with Florida public record law. The law requires the state to share evidence with both the defendant and the public.
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Video source: CNN