Since the beginning of this media storm, Trayvon's father and attorney have told us the following:
http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/03...ews-story.html...on February 26, during halftime of the NBA All-Star Game, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin walked to buy Skittles and iced tea from 7-Eleven in Sanford, Florida. On his way back to his father's house in a gated community...
This story, ubiquitous as it is, can be found many places:
www.wftv.com/ news/ news/ state-attorney-case-will-be-given-grand-jury-shoot/ nLX9c/
www.motherjones.com/ politics/ 2012/ 03/ what-happened-trayvon-martin-explained
www.open.salon.com/ blog/ steve_klingaman/ 2012/ 03/ 19/ trayvon_martins_deadly_skittles_run
And many, many others.
So let's take apart that timeline.
- Trayvon Martin was spotted by George Zimmerman sometime before 7 pm, February 26.
- Zimmerman's call to the non-emergency police dispatch number started at 7 pm.
- According to the Sanford Police Report, the police officers were dispatched at 7:17 pm
- According to the Sanford Police Report, Paramedic Brady announced Trayvon Martin dead at the scene at 7:30 pm, after several minutes of trying to revive him with CPR.
So, what's wrong?
What's wrong is that the NBA All Star Game did not start until 7:30 pm that night on TNT. The pregame show started at 7.
So there is no way that Trayvon could have left the house "during halftime" of the NBA All Star Game. He was dead before that game began.
So why lie about it?
What's the family hiding?
You can add that to the fact that Tracy Martin (Trayvon's dad) did not call the police until 12-13 hours after Trayvon left the house. (Politics Nation, MSNBC, March 21st, first segment http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45755884/).
12-13 hours? For a minor child?
Assuming Trayvon left the house around between 6-6:30 that night (depending on how long it takes to walk to 7-11), it meant that Tracy Martin did not call the police until 6-7:30 the next morning when he claims to have made a "Missing Persons Report". He let his underage, 17-year old kid leave the house, disappear, and didn't worry about him for 12 hours, even though he hadn't had a phone call from him since at least 7:30 the night before?
If that boy had not been home by 9 or 10pm, most parents would have called the police, frantic. He had just gone for a few snacks. He was in a neighborhood that was not his own. He was on foot. And it was raining.
And no, Tracy Martin did not have to wait that long to call the police. Not for a minor child missing.
Martin gives no indication that he even went out looking for the boy or that he had his girlfriend call the neighbors. Surely one of the neighbors would have told her that the police had been to Twin Lakes that night for a fatality. Trayvon was not that far from home when he was shot.
But Martin does nothing for 12-13 hours.
It almost sounds like he expected his son to be out until the wee hours of the morning. That is one reason why he might have gone to bed and not started to worry about Trayvon until the next morning.
That might also explain the problem with the timeline. Tracy Martin may not have known the exact time his son had left the house. And he may not have expected him to be back.
When George Zimmerman saw Trayvon, it wasn't just his "blackness" and his hoodie that alerted him. It was the fact that Trayvon was walking slowly, in no hurry to get home, even though it was raining. Trayvon was ambling, looking at the houses (according to Zimmerman). That to Zimmerman looked like a burglar "casing" the houses.
That to me looks like Trayvon was in no hurry to get home. Even though the NBA All Star Game was about to start at 7:30.
What scenario might fit the facts?
1. Trayvon and his father had a big fight.
Trayvon had just been suspended for 5 days. We have been told the suspension was for tardies, but a week-long suspension indicates a serious attendance problem. What was Trayvon doing during the school day? Why was he late so often? Maybe his father knew. And maybe father and son had a huge fight over Trayvon's suspension, and Trayvon left the house in anger. Or maybe Tracy kicked his son out of the house.
Either way, that would explain (1)Tracy not remembering the exact time Trayvon left the house (2) Tracy not worrying about him right away, and (3) Trayvon's being in no hurry to get home.
2. Tracy told his son to leave the house for the evening so that Tracy and his girlfriend could have sex.
This would explain why Tracy didn't worry if Trayvon didn't get home until very late, after he and the girlfriend had gone to bed. This would also explain why Trayvon seemed to be in no hurry to get home; he had a lot of time to kill and he didn't know anyone around the neighborhood.
These are only two of the many possible scenarios. But what we do know is that Trayvon NEVER watched that NBA game, no less made it to halftime. He was dead before the game began. And his family has some explaining to do.