George Zimmerman "profiled" Trayvon Martin, affidavit says

George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin
George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin

(CBS) George Zimmerman "profiled" Trayvon Martin and followed him because he "assumed" the 17-year-old was a criminal on the night of Feb. 26, according to court papers released on Thursday.

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According to the probable cause affidavit prepared by special prosecutor Angela Corey, on the night he was shot and killed, Martin told a friend he was on the phone with that he was being followed and "didn't know why." The papers were presented to the court to support Corey's decision to charge Zimmerman with second-degree murder.

"Martin attempted to run home but was followed by Zimmerman who didn't want the person he falsely-assumed was going to commit a crime to get away before police arrived," states the affidavit.

Martin was visiting his father, whose girlfriend lived at Retreat at Twin Lakes, a gated residential community in Sanford, Fla. At the time he encountered Zimmerman, Martin was on his way home from a nearby 7-11 where he had gone to buy Skittles and iced tea during halftime of the NBA All-Star game.

"Zimmerman confronted Martin and a struggle ensued," states the affidavit. "Zimmerman shot Martin in the chest."

The affidavit also states that facts set out in the three-page document "are not a complete recitation of all the pertinent facts and evidence in this case."

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