Witness Dr. Valerie Rao Files: Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman Case

Medical Examiner who called Zimmerman's injuries "insignificant".

Dr. Valerie RaoThis is the information page for Dr. Valerie Rao, the 27th witness called for the prosecution in the trial of George Zimmerman for the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin.

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Dr. Valerie Rao

Witness Summary:

Prosecution’s 27th witness, Dr. Valerie Rao is District 4 Chief Medical Examiner.

She says Zimmerman’s injuries are NOT CONSISTENT with having his head slammed against concrete multiple times. She talks about the minor nature of these injuries, the fact that he didn’t lose consciousness, the wounds didn’t require stitches, and that they only required a band-aid as supporting evidence for her findings.

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Testimony in the trial of George Zimmerman from 7/2/2013:


George Zimmerman trial: Jacksonville medical examiner says Zimmerman’s injuries from altercation were “insignificant”

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  • tashatexas

    I am astounded that so many people missed the fact that she actually corroborated parts of Zimmerman’s story even though his story defied the laws of physics. She believes that somehow Trayvon Martin punched George Zimmerman and caused an external nose injury (that we all saw was actually on the tip of his nose) but she said it was bleeding internally. What type of doctor is this? Look at her foolishly agreeing that Zimmerman had an internal nose bleed at 31:57 when he clearly did not. Further, her testimony about the injuries being insignificant is USELESS because we know they were insignificant because he wasn’t hurt. The problem is the way she suggests he received those injuries are impossible because if what she is saying is true Zimmerman would have been knocked out until the cops arrived just a few minutes later.

  • stormrung e

    Just got done watching Di Maio’s testimony. returned to watch Rao’s here. She repeatedly confirms in her testimony that yes the blow is consistent with an impact against a rough surface and concrete. Why didn’t the prosecution ask her about the possibility that it could be caused by tree branches, as they asked Dr. Di Maio? Are they making up their case on the fly?

  • David Herndon

    All of Zimmerman’s injuries were scratches. He didn’t have any black eyes and his nose definitely wasn’t broken. The pictures of his injuries didn’t show any blood coming from his nostrils. The blood was coming from a scratch on the tip of his nose. He was never examined by a licensed doctor and no X-rays were ever taken. Trayvon did not have any of Zimmerman’s blood or DNA under his nails or on his hands. How is that possible with Zimmerman’s and his Attorney’s version of what happened. They assert that Trayvon tried to suffocate Zimmerman by covering his nose and mouth and repeatedly slammed his head on concrete. Moreover, none of the screams for help were muffled. Never the less, Zimmerman’s injuries were consistent with running into tree branches or falling into bushes.