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Intermediate Range: The Forensic Evidence in the Killing of Trayvon Martin

Intermediate Range: The Forensic Evidence in the Killing of Trayvon Martin [Kindle Edition]

Michael Knox

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On the rainy Sunday evening of February 26, 2012, the lives of two individuals collided at the Retreat at Twin Lakes, a gated townhouse community in the Orlando suburb known as Sanford, Florida. George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old insurance underwriter and neighborhood watch volunteer, grew suspicious of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old high schooler who was temporarily staying at the home of his father's fiancee who lived in the small gated subdivision. Martin, unarmed and dressed in a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, was walking home after going to a nearby 7-11 store to buy a can of Arizona Iced Tea and a bag of Skittles.

Martin had committed no crime, but Zimmerman, concerned about recent burglaries and thefts in the neighborhood, called police to report "a real suspicious guy" who Zimmerman said was "up to no good . . . or [was] on drugs or something." Minutes later, Trayvon Martin lay dead from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

After Sanford police and prosecutors, unable to refute Zimmerman's claim of self defense, declined to charge him with the killing, Florida's governor appointed a special prosecutor, Jacksonville State Attorney Angela Corey, to investigate the case in the wake of protests and racially-charged anger that spread from coast to coast. Bypassing a grand jury, Corey filed second-degree murder charges against the neighborhood watch volunteer in a case that had become arguably the most controversial event of the decade.

Now, forensic expert and crime scene reconstructionist Michael A. Knox tells the story of the forensic evidence in the killing and explains what that evidence really says about the fateful events that February evening in Sanford, Florida. Can the prosecution truly prove beyond a reasonable doubt that George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin? Intermediate Range is a riveting account of the forensic evidence in the killing, much of which has been overlooked, misunderstood, or ignored by the public and the news media.

About the Author

Michael A. Knox is a forensic consultant in Jacksonville, Florida, who specializes in reconstructing crime scenes, especially those involving gunfire. Mr. Knox spent over 15 years working as a police officer and detective with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office before going to work as a full-time consultant in 2010. Mr. Knox has reconstructed crime scenes around the United States and has testified as an expert numerous times in state and federal courts. He has taught crime scene technology courses to law enforcement officials in the United States, Peru, the United Arab Emirates, and the Republic of Georgia. Mr. Knox is board certified as a crime scene reconstructionist with the International Association for Identification. He holds a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of North Florida and a Master's degree in forensic science from the University of Florida.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Crime Science Books (17 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SPYZ54
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Based on the not guilty verdict based on the evidence, I think Knox was pretty right on in his analysis. 28 July 2013
By Leah Ward - Published on
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Intermediate Range: The Forensic Evidence in the Killing of Trayvon Martin

I just finished reading this book and found it both informative and well written. There were a few places in the book that I found a bit too technical but once I was able to puzzle them out, they made sense. Knox certainly has the credentials to be considered an expert in the field of forensic science and the ability to write clearly for the lay person. I enjoyed the book, learned from it, and would recommend it to anyone interested in the Zimmerman case, unless you're utterly convinced that Zimmerman is guilty and nothing will change your mind. In that case, don't waste your money on a book that will not agree with your uninformed belief.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The author was proven right. 31 Aug 2013
By Vivian Ellingson - Published on
The book is a tad bit difficult in places, but it is fascinating. The trial certainly upheld the Author's points.
It is nice to see an unemotional factual account in the sea of "poor little Trayvon" out there.
15 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing...thought-provoking...well written 11 Nov 2012
By Pandora - Published on
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I do not work in the field of forensics or law enforcement and I rarely read books within the true crime genre. I had heard about this case on the news so I decided to see what this book was all about. I instantly became absorbed in the details of this case as presented in this book. The overall approach taken by the author is exceptionally informative and unbiased. The author explains forensic science and the significance of the forensic evidence of this case in a fact-based, captivating manner. I highly recommend this book to everyone involved in crime investigation, law enforcement, and the legal process and everyone curious about this case or forensic science. A fascinating and informative read.
15 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trayvon Martin Killing 8 Nov 2012
By Angie HIll - Published on
I tried to order the paperback on October 30th and was advised they are not yet ready for shipment, so I purchased the Kindle Edition. I don't know how "M. Ford" was able to write such a negative review about the paperback on October 31st, when obviously it wasn't ready for shipment yet. I wonder what his agenda is? Anyway, I found this book very informative and straight to the point. I think the author addressed it well at the end of Chapter 1 when he said that people, no matter which side they are on, will not appreciate this book because they would rather ignore the facts and believe hearsay. The author never took sides for either Martin or Zimmerman and he pointed out the facts that were listed in the released reports. You would be well served to read this book with an open mind rather than the two shallow minded individuals who offered their negative comments. Here's a novel idea, read it and make up your own mind.
12 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read! 22 Nov 2012
By Daniel - Published on
Excellent, factual account of the events that took place in Sanford, FL. The author was objective and presented both sides with accuracy. I highly recommend to anyone who wants to know the truth.
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