Trayvon Martin Autopsy Doctor Says Prosecutors ‘Hoped To Lose’ Case Against Zimmerman

George Zimmerman ( who did not testify during the trial) arrives in the courtroom to wait for his attorney Mark O'Mara to present the defense closing arguments to the jury on day twenty-four of George Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court Sanford, Florida, July 12, 2013. The prosecution presented their closing arguments yesterday to the jury and will have a one hour rebuttal at the end of the defense closing arguments. Zimmerman is accused of second degree murder in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. Judge Debra Nelson ruled that jurors will allowed to consider a lesser charge of manslaughter in the case. UPI/Joe Burbank/Pool

ORLANDO, Fla. (MCT) — The doctor who conducted the autopsy on Trayvon Martin, and who later raised eyebrows with his uneven testimony during the trial of George Zimmerman, has released a 37-page e-book in which he argues prosecutors “hoped to lose the case.”

Despite that claim, “Dead Men Can’t Lie,” e-book by Dr. Shiping Bao, offers no proof.

Rather, it largely alleges poor preparation and bad evidence practices contributed to Zimmerman’s acquittal.

Bao appeared flustered and was at times confrontational during his trial testimony, and gave opinions on the witness stand that conflicted with his earlier analysis of the case.

But he writes that he repeatedly asked to meet with prosecutors in the lead-up to the trial but was mostly ignored.

“I had tried desperately to arrange an appointment,” he writes.

A spokeswoman for State Attorney Angela Corey disputed that, describing his claim as “absurd.”

“The State Attorney’s Office met multiple times with Dr. Bao before trial,” said Jackelyn Barnard.

Bao also criticizes Sanford police for what he describes as shoddy evidence collection.

Throughout the book, Bao refers to most of the key players by pseudonyms: Corey is “Doris Crabtree,” lead prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda is “Marvin Greer” and defense attorney Mark O’Mara is “Brad Parker.”

Bao used the false names for “legal reasons,” he wrote.

Bao writes he was fired from the Volusia County medical examiner’s office weeks after the trial “because I did not have good communication skills in the George Zimmerman trial and could not remember anything.”

That’s a reference to his testimony that he could remember nothing about the autopsy or even performing it but knew he had because of his written report.

In a statement, Volusia County spokesman Dave Byron said the county “gives no credence to the comments of a disgruntled former employee.”

Zimmerman fatally shot Martin, an unarmed Miami Gardens teen, on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford. The case became a civil rights cause celebre, but Zimmerman, who said he fired in self-defense, was acquitted.

–Jeff Weiner and Rene Stutzman
Orlando Sentinel


(c)2014 The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.)

Visit The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.) at

Distributed by MCT Information Services.


Operated jointly by the McClatchy Company and Tribune Company, MCT serves more than 1,200 media clients, online information services and information resellers across the globe. With 600-plus contributors worldwide, MCT has an exceptional variety of sources, providing detailed analyses, opinions and perspectives.

Join the Discussion

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.