Witness: Shooting of Miami Teen by Orlando Neighborhood "Watchman" Wasn't Self Defense

It's been almost three weeks now since Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old from Miami, was shot to death by a neighborhood watchman in his father's Orlando-area suburb. Yet

by George Zimmerman, the self proclaimed watchman, remains free. He claims he acted in self defense, a position bolstered by the state's Stand Your Ground law signed into law by former Gov. Jeb Bush. However, now witnesses have come forward to claim that they don't think Zimmerman's self-defense claim stands up to the evidence.

Martin had gone to live with his father in the Standford, Florida when, on the night of February 26, he was returning from the store with a bag of Skittles. Zimmerman called police to report the "suspicious" boy walking the sidewalks, but then ended up confronting him. Zimmerman ended up shooting the unarmed Martin to death.

"We were in the kitchen. I heard the crying. It was a little boy. As soon as the gun went off, the crying stopped," witness Mary Cutcher tells Local 10.

"This was not self-defense," Cutcher elaborated to the Herald. "We heard no fighting, no wrestling, no punching. We heard a boy crying. As soon as the shot went off, it stopped, which tells me it was the child crying. If it had been Zimmerman crying, it wouldn't have stopped. If you're hurting, you're hurting."

She said she want outside after the shot and saw Zimmerman touching Martin's lifeless body.

"He was shot in the chest, and he was face-down. Therefore, he was not helping the kid," she tells Local 10. "I feel it was not self-defense."

Standford Police refused to arrest Zimmerman and have turned over the case to the State Attorney's Office.

However, now the family is calling on the FBI to investigate.

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Kyle Munzenrieder