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What’s Happened In The Trayvon Martin Case Since You Stopped Paying Attention

Posted by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 2:58 PM
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What’s Happened In The Trayvon Martin Case Since You Stopped Paying Attention

It’s been nearly a year since George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old on his way back to his father’s townhouse. In the weeks following the shooting, the story captured the nation’s attention, culminating with Zimmerman being charged with second-degree murder last April.

But as the story has receded from the headlines, the legal case has plodded along and the trial is likely to be completed this summer. Here’s what you may have missed:

1. Zimmerman has spent over $300,000 in donations over the last year and is desperate for more funds to finance his defense. Zimmerman has “spent more than $125,000″ on living expenses — not including security — over the last year. His lawyer acknowledged that “Zimmerman’s personal spending may seem exorbitant.” Zimmerman is considering asking the court to declare him “indigent, meaning the public would have to pay for Zimmerman’s defense.” Zimmerman was also sued by a security company for unpaid bills. [Orlando Sentinel, 1/20/2013; Miami Herald, 12/27/12]

2. The trial has been set for June 10. Zimmerman recently asked for a delay of the trial until November but a judge denied his request. Zimmerman’s lawyer says it is “physically impossible for us to be prepared” for trial at that time. A seperate proceeding, essentially a mini-trial, to determine whether Zimmerman is immune from prosecution due to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, is scheduled for April 22. [Orlando Sentinel, 2/5/13; Headline News,2/13/13]

3. New forensic analysis “casts doubt on Zimmerman’s timeline on the night he shot and killed the unarmed teen.” The analysis was done by “Michael Knox, a retired Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office detective and crime scene investigator.” According to Knox, “based on the times and distances Zimmerman said he covered, Zimmerman would have still been on the phone with Sanford police when he claims he was attacked by Martin.” Knox says that other aspects of Zimmerman’s story, like the claim Martin was leaning over him at the time the shot was fired, are supported by forensic evidence. [News 4 Jacksonville,2/10/13]

4. Zimmerman has gained 105 pounds. [Orlando Sentinel, 1/20/2013]

Zimmerman in February 2013. AP Images.

5. The defense team acquired Trayvon Martin’s school records. According to Zimmerman’s lawyers “some information in Trayvon Martin’s file could be relevant in the defense of George Zimmerman.” State prosecutors and the Martin family attorney opposed Zimmerman’s efforts to acquire the records arguing “because Zimmerman did not know Trayvon before the Feb. 26 shooting, the teen’s past was not a factor in the case.” [Orlando Sentinel,1/16/13]

6. Zimmerman is suing NBC News. In the suit, Zimmerman claims NBC unfairly portrayed him as a “racist and predatory villain.” [ABC News, 12/6/12]

7. The judged denied Zimmerman’s request to be removed from GPS tracking.[Fox Orlando, 12/11/12]

8. Trayvon Martin would have turned 18 on February 5. [Huffington Post,2/5/13]

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by Gold Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 3:21 PM

I had not been following anymore.. Thanks for the update

by Platinum Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 3:41 PM
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Zimmerman gained a lot of weight. Oh my. (not being snarky here or fat shaming, just making an observation).

I can't wait to see how this ends. The stand your ground law is ridiculous. This man is an idiot. None of this had to happen if he had just stayed in his fucking car and drove away like he was told. 

by Ruby Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 4:03 PM
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This is current to date as well... 
Frederica Wilson - Trayvon Martin Family

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 27: The parents of Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin (C) and Sybrina Fulton (3rd L), are escorted by Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) (L), attorney Benjamin Crump, Rep. Bobby Rush (R-IL) and Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) after attending a House Judiciary Committee briefing in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill March 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON  - A Florida congresswoman on Tuesday introduced a resolution honoring Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen whose slaying a year ago this month stirred national controversy.

Rep. Frederica Wilson, a South Florida Democrat, introduced a resolution "honoring the life of Trayvon Martin, urging the repeal of Stand Your Ground laws, and calling on the United States government to address the crisis of racial profiling," according to a statement from her office.

"Today, Trayvon Martin would have celebrated his 18th birthday," the statement read. "We all know the tragic circumstances surrounding his murder: Trayvon was racially profiled, chased, made to fight for his life, and ultimately murdered. Yet we as a nation have yet to take substantive action to stop such a heartbreaking incident from happening again. Enough is enough: We as a nation have buried too many young black boys.  Let's set Congress on course to address the underlying causes behind the crisis that Trayvon's death symbolizes.  Let's take action to stop racial profiling and give our people a chance to succeed."

George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second degree murder in the case, has pleaded not guilty, and is claiming self-defense. The defense disputes the idea that Zimmerman profiled Martin, who Zimmerman shot to death on the night of February 26, 2012, after a confrontation inside the gated community where Zimmerman lived, and which Martin was visiting with his father. Zimmerman claims Martin attacked him.

Some state lawmakers in Florida are seeking to amend the Stand Your Ground provision in Florida's self-defense statute, arguing that it has been applied too broadly by defendants in fatal shooting cases. Supporters of the law say it protects people who use deadly force to protect themselves from imminent danger.

Reached for comment by theGrio, Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara said "a resolution honoring Trayvon Martin is fine, and repealing all Stand Your Ground laws, I think that's more up to the individual states."

"I think that the self-defense statute that we have in Florida and that many states have is a good idea," O'Mara said, adding that if Rep. Wilson "has a concern over Stand Your Ground and wants to focus it better, I'd be happy to talk to her about it, but an all-out repeal is just a common reaction to a singular event that I don't think is well founded in logic."

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus attempted to introduce a similar resolution last April, with some members breaking House rules by wearing hoodie sweatshirts on the floor of Congress when discussing the bill.


by Bronze Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 4:08 PM
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He should have just stayed in his car, the young man was not committing a crime....

by Silver Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 4:46 PM
This whole case is sad.
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