According to WFTV.com, Florida medical examiner Shiping Bao claims that Florida state prosecutors were biased against Trayvon Martin and purposely threw the case. He is suing the state for $100 million.
Bao’s allegations come swiftly on the heels of him being fired from his position as associate medical examiner, a position earning him $176,000 per year.
Volusia County released a letter on Tuesday, stating that Bao was fired last week. Spokesman Dave Byron declined to give a reason for Bao’s termination, citing “county standard personnel practices,” reports CBS News.
Bao’s testimony raised eyebrows during the George Zimmerman trial, reports WFTV.com:
“I believe it is my opinion that Trayvon Martin was in a lot of pain, and that he was suffering,” Bao said July 5 during testimony in the George Zimmerman trial.
On the stand, Dr. Bao changed his testimony about key statements he’d made and said he’d changed his mind about Martin only being alive for as many as three minutes after the shooting.
“I believe he was alive
one to 10 minutes after he was shot. His heart was beating until there was no blood left,” Bao said.
high-profile attorney, he claims the medical examiner, state attorney’s office, and Sanford Police Department were all biased against Martin.
“He says their general attitude was that he got what he deserved,” Attorney Willie Gary said.
said Dr. Bao was made to be a scapegoat and was wrongfully fired from the medical examiner’s office. He said his client was prepared to offer proof that Martin was not the aggressor.
“He was in essence told to zip his lips. ‘Shut up. Don’t say those things,'” Gary said.
Gary said prosecutors never asked
Dr. Bao a question crucial to their case.
“He wanted a question that would have allowed him to explain to the jury with scientific evidence how there was no way Trayvon Martin could have been on top of George Zimmerman,” Gary said.
Gary said that question never came.
News-journalonline.com reports that another Bao attorney, Victor Swift said on Tuesday that Bao had eight points he wanted to make during the trial but was blocked by prosecutors from State Attorney Angela Corey’s office of the 4th Judicial Circuit in Jacksonville. Swift said Bao wanted to testify that Martin was not on top of Zimmerman. He also wanted to say that the amount of marijuana in Martin’s system would have made him less aggressive.