Trayvon Martin timeline

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Feb. 26, 7:11 p.m.: 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a Hispanic neighborhood watch captain, calls 9-1-1. It's getting dark and it's been raining at the Sanford town house community in Sanford.

He tells the operator, "These a*!%#&!%, they always get away." He also says, "This guy looks like he's up to no good or he's on drugs or something."

Zimmerman was talking about 17-year-old Trayvon Benjamin Martin of Miami. Martin was walking back from a convenience store where he'd purchased Skittles candies and a can of Arizona iced tea. He was not armed and was heading to his father's fiancee's home.

Part 2 - Attorney: Trayvon Martin treated like a suspect

Click here to listen to 8 recorded 911 calls from that night.

7:12 p.m.: Cell phone records show Trayvon is on the phone with his girlfriend.

7:13 p.m.: Zimmerman is giving the dispatcher directions when he says the suspect with a hood pulled over his head took off.
Zimmerman leaves his vehicle to follow.

The 9-1-1 operator says, "Are you following him?" Zimmerman can be heard saying, "Yeah."

Operator says, "Okay. We don't need you to do that."

Zimmerman replies, "Okay."

7:15 p.m.: Zimmerman hangs up with 9-1-1. The call lasted four minutes. At the same time, Martin's girlfriend says she was talking with Trayvon by cell phone. She has not revealed her identity, but she has described their conversation to ABC World News. She says, "He was walking fast when he say this man behind him again. He come and say this dude look like he about to do something to him."

7:16 p.m.: The line goes dead and, around the same time, a neighbor calls 9-1-1 and screaming can be heard in the background, then a gunshot.

The 9-1-1 operator says to the caller, "Do you need police fire or medical?"

The resident says, "Maybe both, I'm not sure, there's just someone screaming outside."

The operator says, "So you think he's yelling 'help?'"

The caller says, "Yes."

A loud gunshot can be heard through the line and the caller says, "There's gunshots."

7:17 p.m.: The first officer arrives on the scene.

In a span of two minutes, he finds Martin face down on the ground. The officer questions Zimmerman, who admits to shooting Martin in self defense, saying Martin attacked him, slammed his head against the pavement, and broke his nose.

Zimmerman isn't talking publicly about it, but his father, Robert Zimmerman, has spoken with an Orlando station. He said, "Trayvon Martin said something to the effect of, 'You're going to die now.'"

Zimmerman is put in handcuffs. According to the police report, an officer says Zimmerman is bleeding from the nose and back of the head.

7:19 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.: Several other officers arrive and attempt CPR on Martin along with the paramedics.

7:30 p.m.:  Trayvon Martin, who was 70 feet away from home, is declared dead from a single gunshot to the chest. The partial police report says Zimmerman is put in the back of a patrol car and given first aid.

7:52 p.m.: The time stamp on the Sanford police surveillance video shows Zimmerman and officers arriving at the station at that time. Click here to watch the video.

Zimmerman is questioned then released.

10 News spoke with Ben Crump, the high-profile civil rights attorney representing Martin's family, about that video. Crump says, "If his nose is broken, there should be blood everywhere, but you see that video 35 minutes later and in that video everyone is searching for any injuries to his nose. You're searching to see if his head is busted anywhere."

The funeral director who prepared Trayvon's body says he saw no signs of a fight on Trayvon. "The hands. I didn't see any knuckle bruises."

Ben Crump, "They ran a background check on Trayvon Martin, who's dead on the ground...and they don't run one on George Zimmerman. They do a drug and alcohol analysis on Trayvon Martin, but they don't order one on George Zimmerman."

Crump adds, "You really want to believe in your hearts of hearts that it's about equal matter who you are in America, no matter what your race is." 

He says there was a secret meeting that took place hours after the shooting where State Attorney Norm Wolfinger and Sanford's Police Chief Bill Lee met. He says they decided to disregard the lead homicide detective's recommendation to arrest Zimmerman for manslaughter. 

But Norm Wolfinger says those claims are "outright lies."

Meanwhile Crump says Martin's family does not feel they received equal justice. Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father, was out to dinner when the shooting happened. When his son didn't return he called family members and Trayvon's friends.

The next day when he called Sanford police to file a missing person's report is when he learned his son was dead. The officer who responded to the town home showed him a photo of his son's body.

Photo Gallery: Trayvon Martin photos

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