By the CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) — In an initial interview with police following the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman described a life-and-death struggle that began when the youth “jumped out from the bushes.”
Zimmerman said Martin punched him repeatedly in the face. “I started screaming for help. I couldn’t see. I couldn’t breathe.”
He said Martin “grabbed my head and started hitting it in the sidewalk.”
The audio of the Zimmerman’s first interview with police investigators was made public late Wednesday as part of the discovery items released by his defense team.
Zimmerman, 28, is charged with second-degree murder in Martin’s February 26 shooting death. Zimmerman has claimed he shot Martin in self-defense, but Martin’s family and civil rights activists from across the country claim that Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, racially profiled Martin and ignored a 911 dispatcher’s advice not to follow him.