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George Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

(RNN) - Special Prosecutor Angela Corey have released more evidence in the case against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain charged with second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin.

The evidence includes interviews that FBI agents conducted with Sanford police officers, Zimmerman's ex-girlfriend, his neighbor, co-workers, witnesses and the employees at the gun shop where Zimmerman bought the gun used in the incident.

The interviews with neighbors, coworkers and police reveal that Zimmerman was not racist, but has a "little hero complex," according to Chris Serino, an investigator from the Sanford Police Department.

Serino also told the FBI that he believed Zimmerman's actions were based on what Martin was wearing, not his race.

The U.S. Department of Justice opened a civil rights investigation after protests, rallies and civil rights leaders alleged that the Sanford Police department did not arrest Zimmerman based on race.

Whether or not Zimmerman uttered a racial slur on a 911 call is up for debate. During their interviews with the FBI, Sanford Police officer Josh Memminger, who is with the Gang Intelligence Suppression Unit, said that gangs in the area use the word "goons" in their gang names, such as the 14th Street Goons or the Washington Oak Goons.

Memminger also said that he did not know of any documented gang members in the neighborhood where Zimmerman lived.

Neighbors and co-workers routinely describe Zimmerman during interviews as trustworthy, and state they had never heard him utter disparaging comments against any race or religion.

Zimmerman's ex-girlfriend also told the FBI that Zimmerman never showed any bias and had friends of all races.

Where her statement differs from others, however, is that Zimmerman was "overly protective and territorial" towards her, and there were a few incidents where arguments escalated into pushing and one instance each hitting the other with an open hand.

The report concerning the ex-girlfriend is five pages long, and details the deterioration of the relationship. They ended up in court obtaining a mutual year-long injunction against each other.

The FBI reports include police reports from burglaries in the neighborhood where the shooting took place.

The newly released evidence will be turned over to Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara.

Zimmerman said he became suspicious of Martin because previous burglaries in the neighborhood.

Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder on April 11, more than a month after he shot Martin on Feb. 26. He has maintained that he shot the teen in self-defense after Martin reached towards Zimmerman's gun during a confrontation.

Martin was walking back to his father's house in a gated community in the Orlando suburb of Sanford when Zimmerman called police, reporting Martin as a "suspicious person." When police arrived on scene, Martin was dead with a single gunshot wound to his chest.

If convicted, Zimmerman could face up to life in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

Zimmerman is currently free on bail and is in a safe house at an undisclosed location.

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(RNN) - Special Prosecutor Angela Corey has released more evidence in the case against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain charged will second degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin.

The evidence includes interviews that FBI agents conducted with Sanford police officers, Zimmerman's former girlfriend, his neighbor, witnesses and the employees at the gun shop where Zimmerman bought the gun used in the incident.

Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder on April 11, more than a month after he shot Martin on Feb. 26. He has maintained that he shot the teen in self-defense after Martin reached towards Zimmerman's gun during a confrontation.

Martin was walking back to his father's house in a gated community in the Orlando suburb of Sanford when Zimmerman called police, reporting Martin as a "suspicious person." When police arrived on scene, Martin was dead with a single gunshot wound to his chest.

If convicted, Zimmerman could face up to life in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

Zimmerman is currently free on bail and is in a safe house at an undisclosed location.

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