Autopsy results reportedly indicate that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin had injuries to his knuckles when he died, which could support George Zimmerman's claim that the unarmed teenager assaulted him before he was fatally shot.
WFTV reported that a medical examiner found two injuries on Martin's body: the fatal gunshot wound to the chest and broken skin on his knuckles.
The autopsy results surfaced as court records indicate that Zimmerman had a pair of black eyes, a fractured nose and two cuts to the back of his head after the fatal shooting on Feb. 26.
A message left with Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, was not immediately returned Wednesday.
Bill Sheaffer, a legal analyst for WFTV, said the autopsy evidence likely helps Zimmerman's defense.
"It goes along with Zimmerman's story that he acted in self-defense, because he was getting beaten up by Trayvon Martin," he said.
But the injury could also be consistent with Trayvon "either trying to get away or defend himself," Sheaffer continued.
Zimmerman's medical records were part of evidence released Tuesday that prosecutors have in the second-degree murder case.
Zimmerman was treated Feb. 27 at Altamonte Family Practice.
Zimmerman pleaded not guilty on April 11 to a second-degree murder charge for shooting Martin. The 28-year-old is free on $150,000 bail and is living in an undisclosed location.
The former neighborhood watchman told police he shot Martin in self-defense after the unarmed African American teen attacked him in a gated community in Sanford, an Orlando suburb.
The six-week interval between Martin's death and Zimmerman's arrest sparked national protests about perceived racial injustice.
Information from NewsCore wires was used in this report.
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